Up to 50 British children are growing up in Islamic State caliphate, warns study
A UN-backed report to Parliament this week claims youngsters are trained in Syria to be “spies, preachers, soldiers, executioners and suicide bombers”
London : Up to 50 British children are growing up in the Islamic State caliphate, a new report has found.
The study ‘Children of Islamic State’ has been endorsed by the UN and will be published in Parliament on Wednesday.
It claims youngsters from the UK are being trained to be “spies, preachers, soldiers, executioners and suicide bombers”.
As part of their schooling, boys are taught to memorise verses of the Qur’an and attend jihadi training, which includes shooting, weaponry and martial arts.
Girls, known as the “pearls of the caliphate”, are veiled, hidden, confined to the home, and taught to look after the men.
The report comes just weeks after a propaganda video posted by ISIS showed four-year-old British boy Isa Dare – dubbed ‘Jihadi Junior’ – detonated a bomb which killed four prisoners.
The youngster, who was brainwashed after his mother took him to Syria three years ago, had earlier been forced to appear in another video declaring: “We are going to kill the kuffar [non-believers]”.
Researchers for Quilliam – a London-based counter-extremism think tank – compiled their report after studying propaganda released by ISIS, featuring children and liaising with trusted sources within the caliphate.
It found the terror group’s next generation are indoctrinated with religious concepts from birth and viewed by its older fighters as better and purer than themselves and that the group encourages children to hold up decapitated heads or play football with them.
The report concludes that ISIS chiefs appear to have studied the Nazi regime, which created the Hitler Youth to indoctrinate children.
And the focus on youth bears similarities, according to the report, to the forced recruitment of child soldiers in Liberia in the 1990s, when Charles Taylor seized power in 1997 with a rebel army of child soldiers.
The report’s authors state: “These children are saved from corruption making them stronger than the current mujahideen [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 organisation … focuses a large number of its efforts in indoctrinating children through an extremism-based education curriculum, and fostering them to become future terrorists.
“The aim is to prepare a new, stronger, second generation of mujahideen, conditioned and taught to be a future resource for the group.
“The area of most concern is that Islamic State is preparing its army by indoctrinating young children in its schools and normalising them to violence through witnessing public executions, watching Islamic State videos in media centres and giving children toy weapons to play with.
“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.”
An estimated six million men, women and children are estimated to be living within its self-styled ISIS calpihate.
In the past six months, Islamic State propaganda has depicted 12 child killers.
More than 30,000 foreign recruits are believed to have travelled to Syria to join ISIS, including more than 800 Brits.
Source : Mirror