Islamic State Grooming Children as Suicide Bombers


A 15 year old Iraqi child was captured just before he was about to detonate a suicide vest at a sports stadium in Iraq on the orders of the Islamic State back in August.

The boy, Mahmoud Ahmed, got nervous as he entered the stadium, and told the Sky News reporter that, “When I reached the target I knew it was wrong. When I saw the young kids I knew it was wrong immediately. I returned back to him (my handler) but he said go straight back. I told him no and he said this is an order from Abu Islam (an IS commander). I returned back around the stadium and they caught me.”

Once 15 year old  Ahmed was in custody, he told a chilling story of his indoctrination into becoming a suicide bomber for IS to the Sky News reporter.

IS is recruiting children as suicide bombers due to their depleting numbers.

Mahmoud Ahmed 15 year old captured suicide bomber

Mahmoud Ahmed
              15 year old captured suicide bomber

Mahmoud said, “They taught us how to use a Kalashnikov and a PKC machine gun and then transferred us to Hawija. There were four older men who would teach us about heaven and stuff like that. Twenty-four hours a day they’d teach us about this stuff. There were 60 of us born from 2002 onwards. They would scare us and would show videos of beheadings and stuff like that.”

Kurdish Intelligence officials stated that thousands of children across Iraq and Syria are being trained by the terrorist organization to fight on the front lines and carry out suicide attacks, with some of them as young as nine years old.

They use children because they are harder to detect, they are vulnerable, and easier to train to become a suicide bomber.

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