London: Education is the most powerful weapon- and the terrorists know how to use that in their favor. If a boy child is growing up in Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) controlled territory across Syria and Iraq, he is less likely to be seen walking around with text books.
The world of education for him is to forcefully watch beheadings of innocent people and watch them being tortured.
These kids are trained not with pen but weapons that are of their size. Their daily classes are on extremist theology, which is again narrowed to what the ISIS wants them to know. This institution is called, ‘School of Jihad'.
According to a report published in The Independent, some videos and images released by the ISIS show how children under the age of 10 are encouraged to use AK-47 rifles and are introduced to the horrors of war. All this is being done in what is termed as "School of Jihad".
Muassissat al-Furqan, one of the media wings of the group, has released some propaganda material that shows the recruitment and military use of children under the age of 15 which the UN human rights council has termed as “a war crime".
According to the report, one video has been titled on YouTube "Cubs of the Islamic State" — the name by which ISIS now refers to itself and a voice-over in Arabic boasts that these "cubs" are sure in their faith and in the auspices of ISIS.
Another clip posted as part of the "Messages from the Land of the Final Battles" series appears to be a graduation video.