“Their guns are as big as they are” – often, a little more. Almost a year ago, the Islamic State released photos and videos of young children titled ‘Cubs of Islamic State’. They were being trained to carry AK-47s, being taught to execute humans (dummy dolls) and were made to recite Jihad principles. Syria and Iraq are where these camps imparting ‘education’ to the kids are most prominent.
It’s an extremely strategic move to plant the seeds of hatred and terrorism in the coming generation. This way, it will not be a forceful recruitment but would become a natural ideology of these growing minds. Intensive military training combined with ‘enlightening’ Jihadi ethics is a potent threat to world peace. This conditioning makes them thirst for power and dominance. It gives them the thrill of being on a mission and hence they readily volunteer for such military groups.
“For 30 days we woke up and jogged, had breakfast, then learned the Quran and the Hadith of the Prophet. Then we took courses on weapons, Kalashnikovs and other light military stuff.”
The mechanism is very similar to what Hitler had as ‘Hiter Youth’ back in the Nazi era. A month ago, in October, a camp was raided in the capital of Turkey. These camps were little schools in the basement apartments where the kids were imparted knowledge on the basics of ISIL as well as on how to live in an Islamic state. In Syria, one of the primary ISIS camps for kids can be found on the outskirts of Damascus in East Ghouta. Flashpoint said that the camp is called the ‘Zarqawi Cubs Camp’ in tribute to the founder of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
“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.”
Earlier this year, a 22-minute video was released by Islamic States fanatics showing a child executor shooting some prisoners. The sickening video was shot at the Speicher massacre in Iraq. The mass execution and the brutality of young executor garnered horrified reactions from all over. Unfortunately, it’s an unpleasant proof of the growing penetration of Islamic State’s evil in the next generation.
More recently, ISIS has spread its wing to Afghanistan local escapades to in-filter the minds of these new buds. As posted by Frontline Official, this video shows a typical school day for these young 3-year-old Afghanis. There are no sweet poem recitations or moral values of love, kindness and compassion. Instead, there are lectures on the principles of Jihad, the introduction to grenade pins and Russian Kalashnikovs and an analogy on how to shoot. In a very casual manner, they are being taught an extremist and highly misinterpreted teaching of ‘their’ religion, Islam.
“We must implement God’s religion over all people. God says do Jihad until intrigue, idolatry and infidelity are gone from the world.”
And how do they implement? Through Jihad- a religious war according to them. Call it a propaganda to spread fear or a real threat to the survival of non-Jihadis, the Islamic State is out there releasing such videos and pictures often. There is real effort to corrupt the young minds of their innocence. Apart from being highly disturbing, it’s intensifying ISIS’ impact and reach.