Images of a drowned Syrian toddler have been included in the latest issue of Islamic State’s propaganda publication.
The image of a young boy, face-down in the surf at a Turkish beach, before being carried away by a Turkish police officer, shocked the world last week.
It motivated the Australian Government to pledge an additional 12,000 one-off places for Syrian refugees and saw Germany and Austria re-open their borders to migrants trapped in Hungary on their way to seek asylum.
The image has now appeared in the latest edition of IS’s periodical propaganda publication with an article describing the dangers of “voluntarily leaving the group’s claimed territory”, according to Huffington Post.
“Sadly, some Syrians and Libyans are willing to risk the lives and souls of those whom they are responsible to raise upon the Shari’ah – their children,” the propaganda article stated.
It even suggests leaving the territory is the equivalent to apostasy – the conscious abandonment of Islam by a Muslim.
The latest issue of the publication also contained images of Norwegian and Chinese hostages along with the text “for sale”.
According to CNN, the articles also contain the words: “note: this is a limited time offer”.
The Norwegian Government confirmed the image was of a man believed to have been taken hostage in January and held by different groups since.
“This is a matter that the government is taking very seriously. We neither can nor will give in to pressure from terrorists and criminals. Norway does not pay ransom,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg told CNN.
“This is a principle we cannot depart from in the face of cynical terrorists. Payment of ransom would increase the risk that other Norwegian nationals will be taken hostage.”