BELGRADE – Islamic State has set up an army of children, taken away from their families, to carry out suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria.
The terrorist group trains the children under the name of ‘Children of the Caliphate’ program as it has increased its reliance on missions by children to carry out suicide attacks.
One of the ISIL’s (ISIS/Daesh) military training centers is located near the city of Beiji in Salahuddin province.
The videos released by the ISIL from its operations in different parts of Iraq and Syria shows children participating in attack on government forces’ military bases.
Other photos released also show the children wearing military uniforms and undergoing military trainings by the ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
The statements released by the ISIL indicate that there are five military bases for training children in Raqqa province of Syria where they learn how to behead civilians.
A Syrian media activist named Ebrahim al Raqawi disclosed that the ‘Children of the Caliphate’ applies to under-16 kids.
“They had participated in a large number of suicide attacks last year; and the government troops did not suspect them because of their age,” he added.
Earlier in August, the ISIL’s media office in Tigris region announced that a Belgian Child named Abu al Nour Beljiki had carried out a suicide attack in Nineveh’s alQayyara region.
Also in August, Hussein al Qaedi, an official responsible for tracing abducted Yazidis in Duhok province, announced that the ISIL was training 1,400 Yazidi children, abducted from their families, to conduct suicide attacks.
Speaking at a news conference, Qaedi also said that 400 Yazidi children who have been displaced from their hometowns in Sanjar and Bashiqa suffer mental and other diseases.
He added that the ISIL has kidnapped 3,770 Yazidis after 2,640 of the abducted population were taken back from the terrorist group in the past two years.
As the ISIL loses control over one city after another in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on its captives, taking the Yazidis deeper into its territory.
Thousands of Kurdish-speaking Yazidis were taken prisoner and thousands more were massacred when ISIL terrorists overran their Northern Iraqi villages in August 2014. Since then, the Yazidi captives, especially women and children, have been conscripted into sexual slavery and used as human shields and suicide bombers; FNA reported.