ISIS jihadists reportedly kidnap up to 500 children in Iraq
In the eastern governorate of Diyala, IS “has recruited about 100 children under the age of 16,” said provincial Police Chief Lieutenant General Kasim Al-Saidi. “They are going to brainwash these kids into being suicide bombers,” AA cited Al-Saidi as saying.
The general believes that after getting some basic military training at terrorist camps, the youngsters could be dispatched to other regions under IS control, including Syria.
In neighboring Syria, Islamic State jihadists recruited at least 400 children during a three-month period in the winter of 2014/2015, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported in March. These children, dubbed ’Cubs of the Caliphate,’ received military and religious training.