The authenticity of the video is currently unclear but it appears to show Islamic State jihadis, known for their improvisations on the battlefield, have wrapped the tiny animal’s torso with explosives before sending it across the front line.
The horrifying video was apparently uploaded online by fighters with the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Units.
The PMU, or Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi, is a group of militia, brought together and state-sponsored to battle with jihadis in Iraq.
In 2014 the group was incorporated into the country’s armed forces to help fight on the battlefield as major cities were overtaken by terrorists.
Three PMU fighters crouch over the small animal in the video, one resting a knife on the ground as they speak to the camera about the find.
They tell the camera the dog is strapped to four bottles, likely filled with shrapnel.
According to the men, if detonated it could kill three of four people.