Children abducted by ISIS may be used in suicide attacks

Syrian NGO warns 145 Kurdish students at risk

18 June, 19:36

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    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) warned on Wednesday that the 145 Kurdish elementary students kidnapped on May 29 in northern Syria by jihadists were at risk of being brainwashed and used in suicide attacks. The NGO blamed the abduction on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which controls vast swathes of northeastern Syria and which last week launched an offensive in northern Iraq with the declared intention of creating a transnational 'Caliphate'. The London-based human rights organization, which uses a large network of informers inside Syria to collect information, the children were taken hostage on the road between Aleppo and Manbej on their way to their hometown Kobani, after taking year-end exams in regime-held areas of Aleppo. Some residents of Kobani have expressed concerns that the children might be brainwashing into sacrificing their lives in suicide attacks. Five of the children - who managed to escape - have said that they had received lectures from their kidnappers ''on jihad against God's enemies and apostates''. In late May, ISIS kidnapped 193 other Kurdish civilians between the ages of 17 and 70 in the town of Qubasin, near Al-Bab in the Aleppo province. ISIS, which includes many foreign fighters in its ranks and among its leaders, is fighting in Syria both against the regime and against other rebel groups including Jabhat Al-Nusra, an Al-Qaeda affiliate. ISIS was also initially part of Al-Qaeda but later broke away from it. In the areas under its control it has imposed harsh rules and corporal punishment inspired by traditional Islamic law. It bans alcohol and smoking and forces women to wear niqabs or full Islamic veils in public. (ANSAmed).

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