IS forces young boys to prac­tise be­head­ings

The Kurdish Globe - - News -

A Yazidi boy who es­caped an IS train­ing camp he was forced to join de­scribes be­ing made to prac­tice be­head­ings on dolls and to phys­i­cally fight his own brother.

When the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ists over­ran Yazidi towns in north­ern Iraq last year, they butchered older men and en­slaved thou­sands of women and girls.

Dozens of young Yazidi boys like Yahya had a dif­fer­ent fate: IS sought to re-ed­u­cate them.

They forced boys as young as eight to con­vert to Is­lam from their an­cient faith and be­come ji­hadi fight­ers. Now, the IS trains them to prac­tise be­head­ings on dolls first.

Yahya (no real name given), 14, and his broth- er es­caped the "Farouq In­sti­tute For Cubs" in Raqqa a few months ago where they had spent five months in train­ing.

He said: "They brought dolls and they told us how to hold the sword and how to chop off the head."

"The first time I hit it I couldn't cut it, nei­ther the sec­ond and third time. But then they taught me how to hold the sword and they told me how to hit and they told me that it was the head of the in­fi­dels."

It is part of a con­certed ef­fort by the ex­trem­ists to build a new gen­er­a­tion of mil­i­tants, ac­cord­ing to AP in­ter­views with res­i­dents who fled or still live un­der IS in Syria and Iraq.

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