Hoax Alert: British Newspaper's Report ISIS Guns Down Children In Video Is False

  • by: Alan Duke

A video purportedly showing ISIS fighters executing 200 Syrian children is actually a year-old video of the execution of soldiers captured in Syrian fighting, Lead Stories has confirmed. The London's Daily Express published a story Monday headlined: "Utterly horrifying: ISIS militants gun down hundreds of CHILDREN in most sickening video," which is suggested was a new video.

London's Daily Mail also initially reported on the video as new and with children, but the paper's online edition was revised later to say it was a mass execution of Assad soldiers captured by ISIS. The revision did not reveal it was a year-old story.

The Daily Mail and Express.co.uk did not post the video -- only screenshots. Those images, however, match up with a video posted in 2014 and still viewable via LiveLeak.com. Still, the video is disturbing and should only be viewed by those who full realize what they will see.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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