Minors being trained by ISIS militants under the banner "Cubs of the Caliphate" to join the battlefronts. File photo

ARA News 

­ERBIL – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) has executed 12 youngsters for trying to escape a training camp in the northwestern Iraqi city of Mosul, local activists reported on Monday. 

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist Yousef al-Jubouri said that some 12 minors, who were being trained militarily by ISIS east of Mosul, were brutally executed days after their arrest by the group.

“The victims have tried to escape the camp in a bid to avoid carrying out suicide operations on behalf of ISIS,” he said. 

The extremist group obliges minors to join its camps in Iraq and Syria, where recruits are being trained on conducting suicide attacks, slaughter and torture.  

The source stressed that the boys, who were executed at the hands of ISIS militants in a woodland area near Mosul, consist a small group of the nearly 4000 minors trained by the extremists. 

“These youngsters are subjected to the worst kinds of torture during the brutal training,” al-Jubouri told ARA News, pointing out “they have been recruited from all regions of Iraq and Syria.”

“In Syria, dozens of minors have been recruited by ISIS in Deir ez-Zor, Raqqa and Aleppo, where their parents receive funds from the group,” al-Jubouri said, adding that “all the juveniles who were executed in Mosul are from the Arab component.” 

In Iraq, the radical group took advantage of the tribes of al-Tarabsha and al-Bu Nimr to collect children to be trained in the al-Taqa headquarters of al-Furat district, according to the source. “Those who do not show unique capabilities during the training are being utilized by ISIS as human shields during battles.”   

The youngsters are reportedly subject to training sessions of one month and a half, and are then dispersed among the suicide squads and bomb-making workshops. 

“The ISIS hardline group is also training hundreds of children aged 9-12 in the al-Furat area of the sub-district of Heet west of Ramadi,” a tribal source in Mosul told ARA News on the condition of anonymity. 

The radical group of ISIS has allocated several camps in the areas under its control in Mosul and Ramadi in northern Iraq and in the city of Raqqa in northeastern Syria, to train minors dubbed as “Ashbal al-Khilafa” (Cubs of the Caliphate) to carry out “jihadist operations”, according to pro-ISIS media outlets.

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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