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A horrifying photo has emerged showing a smiling father encouraging his baby to kick the severed head of a dead soldier in Syria.
The shocking picture shows the toddler, too young to stand, being held up by its delighted father so it can kick the decomposing head with its bare feet.
The man, pictured wearing camouflage, is thought to be a supporter of the Islamic State.
The image of the child is believed to have been posted by militants fighting across Iraq and Syria and was the latest to have emerged in a collection of children posing like terrorists.
It's not the first time the terrorist group has used shocking images of children in their propaganda campaign, with a previous image showing a baby lying on an Islamic State flag next to guns and grenades.
Another shocking picture, reportedly posted by the group, shows a baby propped up with a Kalashnikov bigger than his entire body.
Several recent reports have already claimed to show children fighting for the terrorist group.
Disturbing images emerged recently of a young child appearing to emulate “Jihad John,” the British Islamic State militant who allegedly behind the recent beheadings of American and British captives.
Holding a large knife and standing in front of the black flag, the masked child appeared to "re-enact" the executions by beheading a doll in an orange jumpsuit.
The picture of the young child was posted along with the disturbing message: "Teach your children to cut necks, tomorrow there will be a lot of rotten heads."
Another image posted last month is said to show a young Belgian boy, named as Younes Abaaound, who left his country to become one of the many foreign fighters waging jihad in Syria.
One of the youngest foreign fighters we know of, Younes Abaaoud, who was 13 when he left Belgium to join ISIS. pic.twitter.com/kwyygMKYYJ— Shiraz Maher (@ShirazMaher) August 19, 2014
The chilling image of Abaaound follows a horrific picture which was posted online by convicted Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, showing his seven-year-old son holding a decapitated head in Syria.
The image was posted with the caption: “That’s my boy.”
The United Nations have voiced their condemnation, stating that the IS are responsible for recruiting children.
“Armed opposition groups have been responsible for the recruitment and use of children both in combat and support roles, as well as for conducting military operations, including using terror tactics, in civilian-populated areas, leading to civilian casualties, including children,” a United Nations report on children in Syria, published last February stated.Suggest a correction