Children of ISIS
Updated: Saturday, August 30 2014, 08:29 PM EDT
They may only be recently making international headlines, but the Islamic terror group ISIS appears to be thinking long term in their goals.
ISIS is laying the groundwork for their self-declared caliphate by training the next generation of fighters with both weapons and ideology.
Isis wants its claimed caliphate to span generations. So ideas are crammed into minds that are often too young to understand. Like weapons, absurdly, held and manipulated, by limbs that cannot control them.
Yet still ISIS films and boasts of their youngest.
Muhammad has now fled to safety in Turkey, but was aged 13 when ISIS said he should attend their children's camp in the Syrian city of Raqqa. His father didn't agree.
"They did not threaten me, but they threatened my father, when he prevented me from going to Jihad and the camp that they would cut his head off. In the camp for 30 days we woke up and jogged, had breakfast, then learned the Koran and Hadith of the Prophet. Then we take a course on weapons, Kalashnikov and other light military stuff,” said Muhammad.
It's rare testimony, from schools where boys learn Quranic verse by rote.
As you hear in this ISIS video, and from which few escape, and about which fewer talk.
"I understood some of things such as praying and worship, but many I did not understand words like Infidels and apostates and why I should fight them. Everybody pledged allegiance, everybody who went to the camp, pledged allegiance to the Caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdad," Muhammad added.
They take an oath, yes, seen here, but are also indoctrinated into iISIS' barbaric system of justice.
"They ordered us to come on a specific time and a specific place to watch heads being cut off, lashing or stoning. So we saw some of these scenes. We saw a young man who did not fast during the holy month of Ramadan, so they crucified him for three days, and we saw a woman being stoned to death because she committed adultery,” Muhammad added.