ISIS Cultivating Adolescents For Terror


For years, ISIS has found recruitment success in the ranks of disenchanted teenagers and twenty-somethings.

Now the Islamic State has found a new source of recruitment of ISIS fighters: children.

As the United States has taken ISIS more seriously, the terror group has suffered considerable setbacks on the battlefield. As a result, the territory controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has shrunk and their recruitment tactics needed to change.

According to French authorities, the Islamic State is developing legions of child terrorists. The adolescents are being taught to develop crude bombs and source weapons. Among the warriors, a 16-year-old girl on suspicion of planning a terror attack along with four other suspects.

The director of the German Institute for Radicalization and Deradicalization Studies, Daniel Koehler said, “[t]he amount of Islamic State videos and propaganda aimed at children has really jumped in recent months. We haven’t seen anything quite like this, not on this scale and of this quality. They know that in the West, you don’t expect a 10-year-old to be a terror suspect.”

ISIS-indoctrinated child terrorists have also been arrested in Germany. A 14-year-old German and a 16-year-old Syrian asylum seeker in Germany have both been found to be in contact with ISIS handlers. According to German officials, the boys were developing small bombs.

H/T: The Washington Post

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