November 07, 2014

ISIS Training Children For Jihad

I for one am totally 100% not shocked.

Instead of archery and merit badges of Cub Scouts, these boys learn how to clean, disassemble and shoot machine guns. While their peers in the U.S. build campfires, ISIS' diminutive devotees go from Quranic recitation drills to the front line of battle.

“They teach them how to use AK-47s,” one Iraqi security official told NBC News on condition of anonymity. “They use dolls to teach them how to behead people, then they make them watch a beheading, and sometimes they force them to carry the heads in order to cast the fear away from their hearts."

Some graduates of the camps are used as human shields and suicide bombers. Other wee warriors man checkpoints, hoist heavy weapons and act as enforcers.

..."It's being done for the same reasons that Hitler had the Hitler Youth," explained Charlie Winter, of the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based anti-extremist think tank. "That's effectively what we're seeing here — military training and ideological training."

The potent blend of military training with ideology is especially dangerous for impressionable minds, which is exactly why ISIS is targeting the young.

"There's no term better suited to it than brainwashing," Winter said. "These children won't have any point of reference other than jihadism so the ideology will be a lot more firm in their heads and a lot more difficult to dislodge."

But you can be sure that when these children inevitably get killed or wounded on the battlefield ISIS will point its finger and accuse whichever enemy it has on hand of "killing innocent Muslim children".

When they placed those children in harms way to start with.

Its sad really, the entire Syrian conflict has used children in the most horrid and cynical manner.

Hat Tip: Red.

By Howie at 11:27 AM | Comments |