The Islamic State has allegedly published a children’s alphabet coloring book which features various weapons with corresponding letters in the Arabic alphabet.
Titled “Alphabet Tutor 2”, the book features outlines of an AK-47 assault rifle, hand grenade and what appears to be a suicide vest. The infamous black flag of ISIS is featured on the book’s cover, in addition to colorful drawings.
— Syria Today (@todayinsyria) September 29, 2016
Like many other jihadi groups, ISIS puts a heavy emphasis on indoctrinating children. The organization created the so-called “Cubs of the Caliphate” after its rise in 2014 with the intention of brainwashing children as young as five-years old with the group’s violent radical Islamic ideology. Younger children are put into religious schools while older boys go straight to military training camps so they can become fodder in the ISIS army ranks. The terrorist group allegedly takes blood from children in order to treat wounded fighters.\
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) August 26, 2016
Children have also been featured in several ISIS propaganda videos, the most recent of which showed a group of children, including one British child, who were recorded executing prisoners with pistols execution style.
ISIS puts an emphasis on recruiting children because of its generational mindset. A propaganda film released last week featured one of the terrorist group’s religious schools, with the narrator referring to the boys as “the generation that will conquer Baghdad, Jerusalem, Mecca and Rome.”
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