ISIS fighters released a new video on Monday, showing Kurdish fighters being paraded down Iraqi streets. The video shows a group of children, as young as 5 taking part in drills and reciting verses from the Koran. The video shows 70 kids clothed in camouflage uniforms and are reported as being the children of foreign fighters who has traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the extremist group. A man appeared on the video interviewing several of the captive Kurdish fighters who say they are from Kirkuk. The prisoners under stress have called on their fellow Peshmerga soldiers to give up the fight against ISIS. The heavily edited footage also includes flashing clips of the recent beheadings of Christian Egyptians in Libya. Peshmerga have been fighting ISIS, as the Islamic extremists tries to create a radical Islamic state across Iraq and Syria.
In the video, the children wear traditional ISIS black headbands and are seen answering religious questions and quoting the Koran. The clip provides a disturbing snapshot into how the extremist group is taking young innocent children and turning them into their own depraved version of Nazi Germany’s Hitler youth, experts said. The video was reportedly shot in Raqqa, Syria. Intelligence officials have yet to verify the authenticity. Part of the video shows the children kneeling in prayer. Author and former radical Islamist Maajid Nawaz told Fox & Friends Monday the video of the jihadi cubs is disturbing and underscores the militant organization’s long-range objective. “I think this is shocking for everyone who sees such images,” he said. “Islamic State from the beginning has been saying that they’re planning not just to build a state but a new generation of jihadists who have been raised on their diet of blood and violence.”
Syrians have reported that ISIS fighters have forced children into its army and brainwashed them. One man spoke with Syria Deeply.org that his young child was forced to attend a training camp where he underwent a form of “brainwashing the children.” When the boy returned, his mother found a blond, blue-eyed doll – along with a large knife given to her son by his ISIS supervisors, in his bag. The boy told his parents the materials were given to children to practice beheading Westerners, according to the report. ISIS and Boko Haram say they want to establish their own states — or caliphates — based on hard-line Islamic law. A video released by ISIS in mid-January appears to show a child soldier shooting and killing two prisoners whom the militants accuse of spying for Russia. An Islamist sect in Nigeria, Boko Haram, has also indicated it has a training camp for child soldiers, issuing photos in late January of youth aiming automatic rifles.