ISIS Kidnaps 1,200 More Children to Train as Jihadists
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Jun 24
ISIS militants have reportedly kidnapped over 1,200 more children from Mosul to train as jihadists. Christian Today reports the children were taken to a “cubs of the caliphate” training camp, 1,227 in all.
The children will be trained as fighters and suicide bombers, and will be brainwashed with Islamic extremist ideology.
The kidnapping was preceded by another abduction in Anbar and Diyala provinces. About 500 children were kidnapped between the two provinces.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, "IS militants train children and send them to the frontlines to scare opposition forces. They train children from about 100 countries around the world."
Despite persecution in Iraq, Rev. Canon Andrew White, the so-called “Vicar of Baghdad,” said that Christians are holding onto their faith.
They are “desperate,” he said, but they "are not (ceasing) to love Jesus. We are still serving him."
Publication date: June 24, 2015