By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – September 14, 2015) — Islamic State militants kidnapped 127 children from the Iraqi city of Mosul and intends to turn them into jihad warriors, according to a Kurdish leader interviewed by IraqiNews.com.
The 11 to 15-year-olds will be taken to training camps where they will be indoctrinated with the terror group’s extreme ideology, Saeed Mamouzini, an official with the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul told IraqiNews.com.
In the camps, young people are trained to fire weapons, learn combat moves and terror tactics. Islamic State fighters are referring to their trainees as the ‘cubs of the caliphate’.
“ISIS had kidnapped hundreds of children during the last period, and they were trained to carry out suicide operations,’ Mr Mamouzini reported.
He said one father killed two Islamic State fighters as they attempted to kidnap his son.
A Yazidi teenager recounted this week how that he was forced to appear in an Islamic State propaganda video at a training camp where innocent boys as young as five received training to become jihad warriors, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Raghab Ahmed, 14, said ISIS militants made him pray in front of an AK47 and taught him how to behead Christians and other ‘infidels,’ telling him: ‘Grab the head, pull it back and cut from the neck.’
He and his family were abducted by the extremists in northern Iraq last year, but escaped with the help of smugglers.
Photo caption: Islamic State continues to glorify its use of child recruits in many of its propaganda videos (stock photo)
About the writer: Mark Ellis is senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions.
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