“This is the first such case of a beheading by a child”, Rahman said.

The Islamic State has released footage featuring a young boy heartlessly beheading a Syrian regime army officer, which is believed to be the first of its kind. The Islamic State child soldiers are often referred to as the “cubs of the caliphate” or “ISIS cubs”.

The execution is thought to have been carried out at the Western Hir Palace in the province of Homs after the doomed man was snagged at the Al-Bosayri army checkpoint, the paper reported. Earlier this month, ISIS produced an execution video showing 25 child executioners inside Palmyra at a Roman amphitheater with a line of regime soldiers on their knees. The Islamic State captured the city in May and has reportedly been destroying the “several millennia-old” monuments and buildings ever since.

Islamic State has erected large placards in areas under its control in Syria, warning that any individual caught violating the fasting hours of Ramadan “will be crucified one whole day and given 70 lashes”.

In the latest video, seen by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the unknown child is dressed in camouflage and a black head wrap, holding a knife and standing over what is reported to be a captured Syrian soldier, lying on his stomach.

It was gathered that a video of the incident has been shared by ISIS supporters on social media and shows a child no older than 10 years of age, carrying out the brutal beheading.

The boy is then seen lifting the severed head of his victim before placing it on his back, while an adult Isis member watches on.

‘Our goal is not only Palmyra and Homs and Damascus, rather our goal is to conquer Bayt al- Maqdes (Jerusalem) and Rome, God willing, ‘ according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who say they were sent a copy of the video.

This photo shows the horrific moment that barbaric ISIS warlords forced a young boy to behead a prisoner in public.