The ISIS schools of Jihad – a systematized indoctrination of children to acclimatize them to “holy” war – teaches school aged youths, some ten and under, Jihad virtues of the Islamic State’s ideology. Along with the proselytization of tiny minds comes the instruction in weapons, how to fire the ISIS rifle of choice – the Russian Kalashnikov – and the proper way to behead an infidel.
The sickening schooling of children and adolescents, using the robust ISIS-driven propaganda machine that has a huge online presence, turns Syria’s and Iraq’s youngest boys into brainwashed executioners, living only to perhaps one day die as a martyr to Allah. Writes The Times of India on Oct. 23: “Forced viewings of beheadings and torture, training with weapons almost as big as they are and daily lessons in extremist theology: if you’re a boy growing up in ISIS-controlled territory across Syria and Iraq, the word education means something very different to the rest of the world.”
Calling the young boys “cubs,” children under the age of 15, drawn by the ISIS stereotype of a proud, armed freedom fighter sent by God, are recruited into Sharia camps to learn ISIS creed and religion. Those sixteen and over attend the martial camps, many of them participating in military operations, some of them never to return home. One such boy, seen at the 6:30 mark of the video, loudly touts his faith and the auspices of ISIS. “Id like to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and kill with them,” he says. He is only 14.
For us, we believe that this generation of children is the generation of the caliphate. God willing, this generation will fight infidels and the apostates – the Americans and their allies, God willing. The right doctrine has been implanted into these children. All of then love to fight for the sake of building the Islamic State, and for the sake of God. — ISIS militant
The UN Human Rights Council called the recruitment of children “deeply disturbing,” labeling the indoctrinations as a “war crime.” The report from the UN found that ISIS “has established training camps to recruit children into armed roles under the guise of education,” and, while children and families watched, ISIS has “committed torture, murder, acts tantamount to enforced disappearance, and forcible displacement… amounting to crimes against humanity.”
In the most populous areas of Syria, public executions have become the norm. The Friday spectacle draws thousands into the marketplaces and squares, some who have grown thirsty for bloodshed, others simply immune to watching ISIS kill off their neighbors for perceived offenses against Sharia law.
“Dozens of executions have been documented, mostly of adult men but also of boys aged between 15 and 17 and two women who were stoned to death. The executions are generally shots to the head at close range or beheadings, often performed in front of crowds, including children. The bodies are frequently displayed for days after on crucifixes,” writes the UN report, describing “amputations, the lashing of men for smoking, possessing alcohol, trading during payer times and failing to fast during Ramadan, and multiple accounts of women being beaten with sticks for appearing in public with their faces uncovered.”
Human rights activist Kristyan Benedict, Amnesty International’s UK campaign manager, called the sight of children learning to become polarized soldiers “distressing.” The video above, especially from the 3:30 mark onward, is a chilling convergence of two things that seem so opposite to one another: young boys laughing and splashing water in the Euphrates river, only to speak on camera of killing infidels.
The sight of armed and masked men on stage educating young boys is obviously a distressing one. These supposedly ‘inspirational’ videos are actually fresh evidence that ISIS is cruelly robbing an untold number of young people of their childhood, brainwashing them and almost certainly exposing them to terrible dangers. – Amnesty International
“Children should never be involved in the fighting in Syria and Iraq – or anywhere else for that matter – even if they volunteer,” Benedict said. “Even if they’re acting in an auxiliary capacity such as delivering messages or other non-combat tasks. International law clearly prohibits the deployment of child soldiers and where ISIS have used under-age fighters it’s just one more crime to add to the charge-sheet against them.”
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