In yet another heinous crime committed by the Islamic State terror organization, the group has blown up a four-year-old child just one week after executing the child’s father.
Speaking to Alsumaria News, a senior official in the Iraqi national organization the Popular Mobilization Forces, Jabar el-Maamouri, said ISIS exploded “a bomb that was attached to a four-year-old child through a remote-controlled device so that his organs would be blown apart. ISIS executed the boy’s father a week ago who they accused of participating in an attack on one their outposts a month ago that killed two ISIS gunmen.”
The killings took place in the Al-Shirqat district north of Salah ad Din province.
El-Maamouri called human rights organizations to “document the crimes of ISIS and to publicize the incident to the international community to condemn its funders and supporters with money and words.”
ISIS has controlled the Al-Shirqat district since June, 2014. The area is considered to be one of the organization’s strongholds.
Elsewhere in Iraq, a local source in Nineveh province who asked to remain anonymous told Alsumaria News that the Islamic State wiped out a village after its residents rebelled against the group.
“ISIS executed today (Monday, Dec. 28) dozens of civilians including old people, women and children in the village of Al-Choud in area of Al-Keraya (85 kilometers south of Nineveh),” he said.
The source explained that the Islamic State conducted the executions after residents of the village demanded that Islamic State gunmen leave the village.
The vengeance was conducted after the loss suffered by the Islamic State when the Iraqi army regained the city of Ramadi. The people of the village had succeeded a few months ago to expel Islamic State gunmen from the village, however, ISIS recently returned and re-occupied the village.
In other news, Russian media reported that notorious senior Islamic State commander Abu Omar al-Shishani was arrested in Kirkuk, Iraq by American special forces Monday, Dec. 27.
Al-Shishani, is a Chechen jihadist from Georgia. Born Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, the red-bearded commander in Syria is a former sergeant in the Georgian Army.
Following the Islamic State’s defeat in Ramadi, the capital of the Al Anbar province, the Islamic State’s “Caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a recording assuring its followers that the group is “fine and expanding every day.”
In that same offense Kurdish Peshmerga fighters recaptured a key dam in the area.
In the online address, al-Baghdadi conceded that Western and Russian airstrikes have had taken a “calamitous” toll on the group, but insisted that the losses were part of a “pre-destined ordeal.”
In an astonishing deviation from Islamist theology – that the group’s victories show that their pursuits are the will of Allah — al-Baghdadi said that the deaths of thousands of the group’s jihadis were a “blessing from Allah.”
He also bizarrely welcomed the recent widespread desertion amongst ISIS ranks, branding deserters “hypocrites and agents” and insisting that the numbers of fighters abandoning the jihadis every day is actually making the group stronger.
The unhinged message, which was circulated amongst jihadi fighters online, is the latest evidence that the increasingly fragile hate group is falling apart amid reports it is desperately short of both fighters and weapons.
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Children Used as Suicide Bombers in Central Asia
Terrorists in Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries are training children to blow themselves up in suicide bomb attacks. Minors are kidnapped or sold and then taken to terrorist training camps.
European media outlets have often reported that the so-called “Islamic State” militant group has set up special terrorist training camps for children and adolescents in Iraq and Syria. The practice has been around for some time in Central Asia. Large numbers of terrorist camps can be found there, above all, in border regions.
“The Taliban has an important training facility in the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz. There they not only train adults, but children as well. These learn the skills needed to become suicide bombers,” Andrey Serenko, expert at the Center for Studies of Modern Afghanistan in Moscow, tells DW. “Children between the ages of six and eight, for instance, are trained to install roadside bombs.” It generally takes between one and six years to train a child.
Taliban ‘trains children for suicide attacks’
“There is a Taliban camp in the Ghormach District, in the northwestern Badghis Province,” says the expert. “It is run by a rather well-known teacher named Mullah Qayyum. He prepares children for suicide bombing missions. Most of the children there have either been kidnapped or sold by their own parents.”
Some children are sold at market for up to $1,000 (915 euros). Another Taliban suicide bomber training camp is located in the northern province of Sar-e Pol, where many of the trainers come from Pakistan. Compared to the Kunduz camp, training at Sar-e Pol is very rapid, taking just three months. The Center for Studies of Modern Afghanistan counted up to seven children there in November.
Terrorists use children because they can gain the trust of potential victims more readily, said Natalia Kharitonova of the Crisis Situations Research Center (CSRC) in Malta. It was also easier for children to get close to potential target areas. “They are more effective than adult suicide bombers, but their use has its limits. For instance, they really can’t carry out car bombings,” Kharitonova said.
That could well be the reason that prices paid for child suicide bombers are lower than those paid for adults in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Children are usually outfitted with IEDs (improvised explosive devices), which are remotely detonated. Sometimes the children don’t even know what they are actually doing,” Natalia Kharitonova told DW.
Many kidnappings in Afghanistan
The crisis research expert theorized that many of the children at the camps are those of fighters who had been killed in battle. Since their ongoing care cost a lot of money, she suspected that such children were sold off as soon as possible. She made that assumption based on reports from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Andrey Serenko believed “Islamic State” was preparing suicide attacks using women and children in Syria. However, only men were being trained in “IS” camps in Afghanistan right now.
There was information suggesting that there were children at these camps, yet it is unclear what their role was, Serenko said. “The fact of the matter is that ‘IS’ has not yet used children as suicide bombers in Afghanistan – the Taliban has,” Serenko added.
In his opinion, the targeted training of suicide bombers – and especially children – could be traced back to the influence that the Arab terror organization al-Qaeda has had on Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Russian expert suggests that Uzbekistan’s role should be taken into account as well.
“One has to be aware of the fact that members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) were thought to be competent suicide trainers while they were in Afghanistan.” Therefore, he assumed that some members of the IMU have also become members of “IS.”
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