A new and dangerous generation of fanatical recruits is being bred in the Islamic State (ISIS). These recruits are ingrained with extremist beliefs when they are young, which fighters believe will make them “better and purer” than their predecessors, a new report reveals.
According to The Guardian, Quilliam, a London based counter-extremism agency, has discovered the way that ISIS enlists children and prepares them for jihad as a means of ensuring its continued existence.
Researchers say that over 50 children from the United Kingdom are presently in IS territory alongside 30,000 foreigners, 800 of them from Britain. Over 6 million people — including women and children — are said to be living in the Islamic State caliphate.
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The report, “Children of Islamic State,” has been vetoed by the U.N. and contains the propaganda used to brainwash children in the war zone and make them believe that they are doing Allah’s will. The impression being created is that the children need to protect their ideological future, hence the need to train as spies, soldiers, suicide bombers, and executioners.
Researchers say that ISIS authorities have done their homework by studying child soldiers from all over the world. The authors say ISIS has borrowed a leaf of how Charles Taylor of Liberia forcefully recruited children soldiers in the 1990s, seizing power with a ragtag army of mainly children. In addition, they say the focus on youth bears a semblance to how young German children were indoctrinated under the Nazi regime. There are unverifiable reports that an ISIS youth wing, Fityan al Islam, meaning “Boys of Islam,” is already in existence.
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The authors state as much in the following.
“The organization … focuses a large number of its efforts in indoctrinating children through an extremism-based education curriculum, and fostering them to become future terrorists. The current generation of fighters sees these children as better and more lethal fighters than themselves, because rather than being converted into radical ideologies they have been indoctrinated into these extreme values from birth, or a very young age.”
“Not having been corrupted by living according to secular values, they are considered purer than adult fighters. These children are saved from corruption, making them stronger than the current mujahedeen (fighters) because they have a superior understanding of Islam from youth and from school curriculum and are better and more brutal fighters as they are trained in violence from a very young age. The aim is to prepare a new, stronger, second generation of mujahedeen, conditioned and taught to be a future resource for the group,” the report adds.
ISIS is going all out with their “catch them young” campaign, according to researchers for Quilliam, with over 254 statements or events thus far having featured images of children. In less than a year, IS propaganda has depicted 12 child killers, including a 4-year-old British boy, Isa Dare, who detonated a car bomb killing prisoners handcuffed in a car, according to Daily Mail.
Young Dare, nicknamed “Jihadi Junior,” was brainwashed by IS fanatics when his mother, who had links to U.K. terrorists, fled to the warzone taking the boy along. Isa’s father made a last ditch attempt to rescue his son after his estranged and radicalized wife fled to Syria and married an ISIS militant, all to no avail.
ISIS recruitment also stems from a fear factor where children are warned that if they cease to conform, they will be tortured, raped, or flogged. The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq estimates that the terror group has abducted over 900 children between the ages of nine and 15, where they are taught the Qur’an, how to use weapons, and the basics of hand-to-hand combat.
The dreaded terror group has also overhauled the education system in Iraq and Syria with fanatical indoctrination starting in schools and intensifying in training camps. The kids are taught Sharia law and are desensitized to violence by being encouraged to play football with decapitated heads.
The report recommends the creation of a commission that would insulate future generations of the world against radicalization and religious violence and proffering help towards integrating children who are at grave risk back into the EU.
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