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Child soldier ‘witnessed atrocities’

28 Aug, 2014

A former ISIS child soldier now located in Turkey tells CNN he attended children’s training camps from the age of 13:

My friends and I were studying at the mosque, and they taught us that we should enrol in jihad with the [Islamic State] … I wanted to go, but my father did not allow me to.

He is allowed to go after the group threaten to behead his father for preventing him:

For 30 days we woke up and jogged, had breakfast, then learned the Quran and the Hadith of the Prophet. Then we took courses on weapons, Kalashnikovs and other light military stuff.

The children are forced to witness atrocities:

They used to bring young [kids] to the camp to lash them,” Mohammed says. “When we go to the mosque, they order us to come the next day at a specific time and place to [watch] heads cut off, lashings or stonings.” “We saw a young man who did not fast for Ramadan, so they crucified him for three days, and we saw a woman being stoned [to death] because she committed adultery.