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ERBIL – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) has recruited dozens of Iraqi boys in the city of Mosul in Nineveh province, activists reported on Sunday.
“Daesh terrorists forced dozens of children to join its jihadi training camp in Mosul,” media activist Muhannad Asaad told ARA News in Mosul, using another acronym for ISIS.
“The (ISIS-led) Islamic police captured more than 60 children across Mosul on Sunday, and transferred them to the military training camp in order to join the Cubs of the Caliphate,” the source reported.
The so-called ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ is a unit for child soldiers who fight in the ranks of ISIS. It has branches in every city controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Children recruited by ISIS receive a Sharia course and a military training within a period of three months. Afterwards, the trained boys are spread across the ISIS-held territory in the region with different jihadi assignments.
Although parents of recently recruited children protested against such practices by ISIS, the group continued to force young boys to join the Cubs of the Caliphate under the pretext of serving what the group defines as “Islamic Sharia”.
Reporting by: Salar Qassim
Source: ARA News