ISIS video features boy who says he’s American, son of US soldier

ISIS released a propaganda video Tuesday that features a boy who claims he is the American son of a U.S. soldier and moved to Syria with his mother two years ago.

The child, who speaks in fluent English with what sounds like an American accent, is identified only as Yousef, age 10. NBC News has not verified his name, his nationality or his whereabouts.

"My father's an American soldier who fought the mujahideen in Iraq," he says. "I didn’t know much about Islam except the name. When me and mom came to the Islamic State, we started learning the correct Islamic creed."

The boy appears to be reading from a script at points. He said he lives in Raqqa, where the U.S. estimates 2,000 ISIS fighters are clinging to their stronghold as American-backed forces continue to make inroads.

Related: ISIS Video Shows New Weapons, 'American' Urging Attacks

The slickly produced seven-minute video interweaves shots of "Yousef" playing with his 7-year-old best friend in a deserted playground and loading an assault rifle with footage of ISIS fighters preparing for battle.

The youngster also mentions President Donald Trump and threatens the United States.

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"We are aware of this recent video ISIS video," a U.S. counterterrorism official told NBC News. "ISIS often features foreign fighters in its propaganda to portray its movement as having a diverse and multiethnic composition. ISIS also seeks to use its propaganda to deflect attention from its dwindling territory."

Laith Alkhouri of security firm Flashpoint said that while other children have appeared in ISIS videos, this is the first purported to be American.

"It wants to send the message that it's spoon-feeding its ideology to American children whom the U.S. has no power over," he said.

"ISIS wants the world to believe that life in Raqqa is stable and that it can protect the people it proclaims to represent. The fact is, life in Raqqa is dangerous and brutal, and ISIS’s control over there is diminishing by the day." 

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Inside the luxury Mosul hotel that housed ISIS elite -- Ninewah Oberoi Hotel
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Inside the luxury Mosul hotel that housed ISIS elite -- Ninewah Oberoi Hotel

General view of the damaged five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel damaged in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017. 

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An Iraqi soldier walks in the damaged room in the five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017.

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An Iraqi soldier holds his weapon while looking over a balcony between the damaged floors in the five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017. 

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A damaged bathtub in the five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017. 

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General view from inside shows the damage to the five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017.

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The entrance of the health club in the damaged five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017.

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An Iraqi Soldier wears slippers of the five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017.

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An Iraqi soldier stands in a damaged room in the five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017.

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Iraqi soldiers walk along the damaged floors in the five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017.

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Iraqi soldiers look out from a damaged room in the five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017.

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An Iraqi soldier looks at the damages in one of the rooms in the five-star Ninewah Oberoi Hotel in Mosul city, Mosul, Iraq January 30, 2017.  

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Iraqi forces stand guard outside the Oberoi hotel in the city of Mosul after government forces retook control of the area from the Islamic State group (IS), during the ongoing military operation against the jihadists on January 21, 2017. Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul after commanders declared victory there and quickly set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits.

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Members of the Iraqi forces pose for a picture with a V-gesture outside the Oberoi hotel in the city of Mosul after government forces retook control of the area from the Islamic State group (IS), during the ongoing military operation against the jihadists on January 21, 2017. Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul after commanders declared victory there and quickly set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits.

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TOPSHOT - A member of the Iraqi forces stands guard inside a room in the Oberoi hotel in the city of Mosul after government forces retook control of the area from the Islamic State group (IS), during the ongoing military operation against the jihadists on January 21, 2017. Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul after commanders declared victory there and quickly set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the Iraqi counter-terrorism service (CTS) take position inside a room in the Oberoi hotel in the city of Mosul after after government forces retook control of the area from the Islamic State group (IS), during the ongoing military operation against the jihadists. Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul after commanders declared victory there and quickly set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on January 21, 2017 shows the view from a window outside the Oberoi hotel in the city of Mosul after government forces retook control of the area from the Islamic State group (IS), during the ongoing military operation against the jihadists. Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul after commanders declared victory there and quickly set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the Iraqi counter-terrorism service (CTS) take position inside a room in the Oberoi hotel in the city of Mosul after government forces retook control of the area from the Islamic State group (IS), during the ongoing military operation against the jihadists on January 21, 2017. Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul after commanders declared victory there and quickly set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

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