‘Their generation will conquer Rome, Baghdad and Jerusalem’: Chilling jihadi video shows how ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ – children as young as five – are brainwashed into fighting for ISIS
- Tour of sharia institution run by Islamic State in Al-Khayr province of Syria
- One boy says: ‘I want to be a martyrdom-seeker’
- Children are seen in military clothes and firing guns on the front line
- Another youngster scolds an elderly man for not growing a beard
- Video was posted and translated by Middle East Media Research Institute
A chilling video has been released by jihadi propagandists which shows how ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ – children looking as young as five – are being brainwashed into becoming the next wave of ISIS fighters.
The narrator refers to them as ‘the generation that will conquer Baghdad, Jerusalem, Mecca and Rome’.
On a tour of a sharia institution, run by the Islamic State in the Al-Khayr province of Syria – according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, which posted and translated the video – young boys are asked about their dreams and aspirations.
One child says: ‘I want to be a martyrdom-seeker… thus heeding the words of the Prophet Muhammad: “The martyrs that Allah loves most are the ones who fight in the front lines, and do not turn their back until they are killed.”‘
Another says: ‘I want to be a martyrdom-seeking religious scholar, like my brother.’
Images of the ‘infidel’ child’s way of life – listening to modern music and singing – are contrasted with the Islamic State’s approach, which urges children to study the Quran.
A ‘cub’ then approaches some bare-chested boys splashing around in a river – their trousers rolled up.
He tells them they are not allowed to swim in such clothes because ‘their private parts can be seen’.
‘If a woman passes by, would you like her to see you this way? Put your shirt on,’ he continues.
Another child strikes up a conversation with an elderly man – not for an innocent chat but to berate him.
‘Uncle,’ he says. ‘You need to grow a beard.’
Equally worrying is the footage of young boys joining their ‘brothers fighting on the front lines’.
Children as young as five are seen jogging military-style; others hold guns.
The narration continues: ‘The tyrants strive to make the sons of Muslims deviate from their religion… to promote Satan’s merchandise so that these children will become soldiers of the Crusaders.
‘The Islamic State is proud to have planted true Islam within these cubs who will be in the midst of the battles in a few years.’
The video concludes: ‘Even if we are all eradicated and no one survives, these cubs will carry the banner of Jihad and will complete the journey.’
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Alex Younger – known as ‘C’ – said IS-style terrorism posed a ‘persistent threat’, driven by the internet revolution and the breaking down of international barriers.
In a rare public appearance at a security conference in Washington DC, he said ‘deep social economic and demographic drivers’ meant there was little sign of the ‘enduring’ danger disappearing soon.
It follows a string of terrorist attacks on continental Europe over the past 12 months, including the November 2015 attack on Paris, the worst in its history, and the July attack in Nice when a lorry mowed down crowds celebrating Bastille Day.
In March, 32 people were killed in twin suicide attacks in Brussels.
Asked if the terror threat from groups such as IS and Al Qaeda had reached its peak, Mr Younger said: ‘I would like to be optimistic about this but we have got quite long experience of this phenomena now and I see it very much as the flipside to some very deep-seated global trends, not least of all globalisation – the reduction of barriers between us.
‘It’s a function also of the information revolution and the capacity for ideas to travel.
‘It is fuelled by a deepening sectarian divide in the Middle East and there are some deep social economic and demographic drivers to the phenomenon that we know as terrorism.
‘Allied with the emergence of state failure this means that, regrettably, this is an enduring issue which will certainly be with us, I believe, for our professional lifetime.’
Mr Younger, who became chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in November 2014, said terror groups took ‘ideological succour’ from gaining territory and it was ‘good’ that IS were being pushed back. – Jack Doyle for the Daily Mail