Islamic State Propaganda Featuring Children (IS Cubs)

Screenshot: 28 February 2018 from Islamic State supporters on Telegram on the importance of the new generation raised on the Caliphate.Ticking Human Time BombIn March 2015, London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that within the first three months of 2015 the Islamic State had recruited over 400 child soldiers.  TRAC has observed and monitored many training facilities for children, some of the most important being in Raqqa at the ‘Al-Farouq Institute for Cubs’ camp as well as Sheikh Abu Ibrahim al-Zaidi Camp (see below for details).  What is the most concerning is the use of children as executioners, three to date full-feature length films that crescendo into a scene of a child executioner.There are two types of child recruits, those inside ash Sham (Syria and Iarq) and all those who travel into the Caliphate.  Some forgien fighter males bring their entire families including small children, while teens are more likely to…

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