ISIS has released a chilling, bellicose video of its child soldiers urging Muslims and Arabs to stop talking and start acting. Unlike past videos in which children often had a supporting role, they speak directly and defiantly into the camera throughout the recently released footage.
Some children videoed were reportedly as young as 3. In the video, boys recited verses of the Quran and delivered monologues on violence.
“Where are the martyrs? Where are the suicide attackers?” one asks, later calling out, “Give me my weapon.” He then grabbed a gun almost as tall as himself.
The release of the video, which also depicted children training outside and listening to lectures on Shariah law, follows a number of killings recently carried out by the child soldiers fighting with the Islamic State group–or, as they were referred to in the video, “The Cubs of Dijla.”
The Muslim extremists have boasted of their child soldiers before. In November 2014, ISIS posted a video purportedly from Kazakhstan. As reported by The Guardian, the video showed a Kazakh boy of about nine combat-stripping an assault rifle, then training with others in its use.
“I will be the one who slaughters you, oh kuffar,” one boy said, grinning at the camera. “I will be a mujahid, if God wills it.”
A 10-year-old boy from the November video was also shown in a later video that depicted the execution of two prisoners.
Members of the Islamic State group routinely post images on social media of children holding severed heads and playing on streets where dismembered bodies are splayed carelessly on the sidewalk. One image posted to Twitter showed a child playacting the beheading of American hostage James Foley using a doll.
A U.N. report on war crimes in Syria pointed to the indoctrination of children as a “vehicle for ensuring long-term loyalty” and creating a “cadre of fighters that will see violence as a way of life.”
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