ISIS: NGO, 400 minors recruited in Syria since start 2015

Offices for 'Caliphate's lion cubs'

24 March, 13:54

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    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - At least 400 children and teens under 18 have been recruited since the start of 2015 in Syria by ISIS, which has opened for this purpose special offices for the 'lion cubs of the Caliphate' (Ashbal al Khilafah), UK-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday. Some of the minors are reportedly recruited as they watch public executions. Jihadists promise them money, weapons and cars in order to attract them within the group.

    Cities where such offices have been reported include Al Mayadin and Al Bokamal, according to the NGO.

    Witnesses reportedly came into contact with jihadists who work to recruit children and teens who attend school and a local mosque to join the Islamic State and some are persuaded to become members without their parents' consent.

    In other cases, instead, ISIS convinced the parents to send their children to military training camps where they are taught Sharia and trained militarily. Also, the Islamic State reportedly takes care of children with genetic malformations. The monitoring group said it was able to verify that ISIS on January 25 sent a battalion of 140 militants, most of them minors, fight against Kurdish militias in the city of Kobane in northern Syria. Six jihadists under 18 were reportedly killed on that occasion. (ANSAmed)

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