A fighter from the terrorist group formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra filmed his two daughters preparing to blow themselves up. One of the children is thought to be the eight-year-old girl who carried out last week’s suicide bombing at a police station in Damascus. The child was the only person killed in the attack.
The video was widely shared on rebel-aligned social media on Wednesday.
“Why are you sending your daughters?” jihadist Abu Nimr asks the girl’s mother from behind the camera, according to a translation by The Independent. “One is seven and the other is eight, they're young for jihad.”
“No one is too young for jihad, because jihad is a duty for every Muslim,” she answers him.
“You want to surrender so that you're raped and killed by the infidels?” he asks the girls. “You want to kill them, no? We're a glorious religion, not a religion of humiliation, isn't that so darling?
“You won’t be scared, because you're going to God, isn't that right.”
Jabhat Fatah al-Shams is one of the many Islamist rebel groups fighting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s ongoing civil war.