Islamists recruit Syrian youth to join conflict

Child soldiers join training in IS-led military camp. File photo

ARA News

Gaziantep, Turkey – On Sunday, about 50 young men from the city of Manbij in the eastern province of Aleppo, in northern Syria, swore allegiance to the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) “after being induced by large amounts of money”, local sources told ARA News. 

Munther Anwar, a media activist based in Manbij, told ARA News on the phone that more than 50 young men from the city swore allegiance to the Islamic State radicals.

“They were lured by money and female captives,” he said.

Speaking to ARA News, a brother of one of those who pledged allegiance to the group in Manbij, said (under the condition of anonymity): “My 20-year-old brother, S.N., was praying every Friday in IS-run mosques, and after each prayer, he was attending a sermon organized by the group.” 

“On Saturday, he (S.N.) came home revealing his willingness of pledging allegiance to the group because he will be given money and all what he needs, as he thinks,” the source said, pointing out that his brother went on to pledge allegiance to the group in the morning with some of his friends, who were attending those IS-led speeches at the mosque. 

“The IS extremists have been trying to lure the city’s youths for weeks. They want all the young men to join their ranks,” Anwar said.

Speaking to ARA News, civil rights activist from Manbij, Abdulhadi Batran, said that since the group has started to appeal to the young men to join its ranks, “it means that the Islamic State is in a real crisis as many of the group’s militants were killed in recent battles in northern Syria”.


Reporting by: Beri Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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