A video released this week by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which also identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, shows the terrorist organization training children as young a five years old to fight for Allah.
The nine-minute video shows young boys wearing fatigues and black bandanas with the ISIS ignsignia lined up in rows for their training. They mimick exercises performed by the instructor and chant back responses, including “Allah Ahkbar”, meaning “Allah is the greatest.”
According to reports, the video was filmed at the Al Farouq Institute for Cubs in Raqqa, and is stated to represent the “next generation” of ISIS fighters. In addition to performing exercises, children recite verses from the Koran and bow to the ground in prayer with their instructor, who sits adjacent to a pair of guns.
“If you believe the ISIS caliphate is the best place to be and Allah commands you to go there, you’d want your family there, too,” Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project told the NY Post. “For ISIS supporters, this is like signing your kid up for the best private school.”
“ISIS is emphasizing its child recruits because it obviously makes for good footage but also to emphasize this is a generational struggle,” he stated. “You can kill off the current leaders and fighters, but their kids will fight on. It makes it harder to celebrate ISIS’ losses if you know their manpower will be replenished with brainwashed children.”
As previously reported, other videos and images have demonstrated that the Islamic group is grooming children to fight jihad. Vice News released a documentary last August that, in one hour-long segment, focused on ISIS’ recruitment of children.
“What do you want to be? A jihadist or to execute a martyrdom operation?” Abdullah Al-Belgian of Belgium asks his young son Abdullah in the video. “A jihadist,” he answers.
“Who do you fight with?” filmmaker Medyan Dairieh asks another child featured in the documentary. “The Islamic State,” the boy answers. “Where are you going after Ramadan?” Dairieh inquires. “To the camp … to have training,” the child replies. “What are you going to do after?” Dairieh asks. “Fight the Russians [and] Americans. The infidels,” the boy states.
Adult members of the group state that they are raising up the children to defeat America and to build the Islamic State for Allah.
“For us, we believe that this generation of children is the generation of the caliphate (Islamic State),” explains one man being interviewed at the Euphrates River. “Allah willing, this generation will fight infidels and apostates, the Americans and all their allies.”
“The right doctrine has been planted into these children,” he continues. “All of them love to fight for the sake of building the Islamic State, and for the sake of Allah.”
The video also showed a number of young children attending a caliphate celebration on the streets of Raqqa, Syria, which had been overtaken by Muslim insurgents.
“In the name of Allah, my name is Daoud and I’m 14 years old,” one child declares, looking into the camera. “I’d like to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and to kill with them because they fight the infidels and apostates. … I love the Islamic State.”