Innocent minds betrayed by those they trusted most
The father of the British boy was not the first father to be surprised his son had been recruited by Isil.
The little boy was executing one of the Kurd hostages with a group of children from Egypt, Kurdistan, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.
Many fathers have been shocked at seeing their children undertaking the most heinous acts.
Since it first began the terror group has relied on children, raising a generation of extremists using the most brutal methods of exploitation, meeting their need for money by paying monthly salaries and providing food.
Isil used the recruited children, at the start, as guards and to distribute food and other supplies. Later the group used child recruits in battle to make up the shortage of numbers of fighters.
The terrorist group called these recruited children 'Caliphate Cubs', taking advantage of them by filling their heads with words such as 'religious victory' and 'God has chosen them to raise the religious flag'.
These children are made up from several categories.
Some are the children of the group's adult fighters, while others belong to Isil- controlled areas in both Syria and Iraq.
Others still have been kidnapped from the areas from which Isil fled.
The terror group has established several camps in order to train the recruited children.
Raqqa, the group's capital, has the largest number of these camps.
One of the reports indicated there are five children's camps in Raqqa in order to train the children to use different kinds of weapons and to take Shariah courses.
Moreover, Isil used children as spies among people or even among the group's fighters, as well as using them in suicide attacks - the reason for this being that using children in such a situation raises no concern among those being targeted.
Taken from the website of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently www.raqqa-sl.com/en/