ISIS Is Recruiting More Child Soldiers, And It Wants You To Know

Children are shown reciting the Quran, wrestling and shooting guns.

By Ryan Biek | May 16, 2016

A new ISIS video is giving a glimpse into the terrorist group's recruiting efforts targeting child soldiers. 

Boys from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are shown reciting the Quran, wrestling and shooting guns. 

The boys burn their passports at the end of the video. One fighter has been translated as saying: "We renounce your so-called citizenship. We are coming to you with soldiers you will never be able to defeat. This is a promise from Allah."

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West Point's Combating Terrorism Center argues ISIS has been recruiting child soldiers at a rate rarely seen even among other extremist groups like the Taliban and Hezbollah. 

Since 2011, the Violation Documentation Center in Syria has recorded 312 "noncivilian" child deaths. And ISIS' suicide operations using child soldiers tripled from January 2015 to January 2016.

These videos of camps have a purpose of their own, though. Some have argued it's not just the children in the videos who are learning the jihadist philosophy of Islam — the videos also effectively recruit children and adults watching online. 

Judging by the latest video, ISIS is trying to spread outside the Middle East to other countries with high Muslim populations. Indonesia, in particular, has the largest Muslim population in the world.

This video includes clips from ISIS and music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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