Based on news reports obtained from areas under the control of ISIS in Iraq’s Neinawa and al-Anbar provinces, ISIS has begun recruiting juveniles, training them in military warfare and even suicide attacks, preparing them for various types of operations.
ISIS in Iraq and Syria is training a new generation of juveniles with their own ideology and viewpoints, and using these children without any reservation of international covenants in this regard. Instead of going to school and defining their humane characteristics, these juveniles must undergo military training with suicide vests full of explosives, and learn how to how to kill, and even be killed.
What is cementing a climate of fear in these areas is that even if these lands are liberated those juveniles trained and mentored by ISIS will not allow these regions witness a day of peace.
Recently the Iraqi government hosted an international conference on preventing ISIS recruiting juveniles and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on the United Nations to consider this a crime against humanity.
However, this subject is not just summarized in ISIS. In fact there have been video clips recently posted showing Shiite militias in Iraq resorting to the same tactics of recruiting juveniles and providing them military training.
Shiite militants, supported by Iran and al-Abadi’s government, are adopting the same methods used by ISIS in launching facilities to train juveniles for various types of warfare.(see on web) Through these bases propaganda is also on the rise to recruit more forces, all under the pretext of participating in jihad (holy war) and “in the name of Islam”. This is in line with fatwas (decrees) issued by senior Shiite clergy. Their methods mirror those used by Khomeini when he dispatched thousands of juveniles to warfronts during the Iran-Iraq War back in the 1980s.
Local, regional and international organizations agree the status of juveniles in Iraq have reached their poorest conditions…
The war on ISIS, prior to being a military conflict, is an ideological war. The source of this ideological conflict is the ideology of war and hatred championed by the Iranian regime. The main source of the rise of ISIS in Syria, and its expansion into Iraq, is none other than the Iranian regime and its proxies in Iraq and Syria. Just like the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorist militia groups who are all associated to the Iranian regime. Therefore, as long as the Iranian regime is in power, with its enormous oil revenue, it will always be providing spiritual and substantial support for fundamentalist groups, be it Sunni or Shiite.