The disturbing footage depicts ululating Iraqi soldiers towering over a clearly terrified child, named as Muhammad Ali Al-Hadidi by activists, who is covered in sand and is raising his hands in fear in a vain attempt to defend himself.
Muhammad is then dragged through the desert before being hurled in front of a US-made Iraqi tank as the soldiers appear to be shouting sectarian slurs against the child, a Sunni. Muhammad is placed head first in front of the tank's left-hand tracks.
The soldiers then open fire in Muhammad's general vicinity, before ordering the tank driver to move his vehicle over the defenceless child while telling each other, "Film me! Film me!"