The Iraqi boy who has managed to flee from the ISIL’s notorious camps said children are forcefully taken to the terrorist group’s camps and are even forced to kill their own family members there.
He added that the ISIL takes children to military camps and severely punishes their parents if faced with their opposition.
“The ISIL militants make children in lion cubs camps to undergo difficult trainings that even adults cannot bear, including smashing a piece of wood on their bellies and breaking bricks on their heads,” the child said on the condition of anonymity for the fear of his life.
He added that the ISIL sends the children to the front lines and even forces them to kill their family members, saying that a number of children have also practiced execution and beheading.
Opposition groups disclosed on their media pages last month that over 155 child soldiers had finished their military courses in an ISIL-held training camp in Raqqa and were to be sent to battlefields in Northern Aleppo.
The Smart news website reported that the first group of child soldiers, who were trained in ISIL’s Abu Mohammad al-Adnani Military Camp in the town of al-Tabaqa in Western Raqqa, will join their elder comrades to fight against rival terrorist groups in Northern Aleppo.
“The first groups of ISIL’s child soldiers in al-Adnani camp were between the ages of 14 and 18 and have been dispatched to the war fronts. The total number of child soldiers in al-Adnani camp stands at around 350,” the news website said.
The group reportedly gave up on turning adults into terrorists and instead focused on turning out a new generation of what it calls “lion cubs”.
A 14-year-old child who managed to escape from ISIL lands said that the leaders of the group told him and other boys that they should sacrifice everything, even themselves. The child fled when he was ordered to kill his brother.
According to the boy, ISIL thought children on only how to kill their enemies and how to show full loyalty to their commander.
Most of the children are from Syria. Of the 89 cases eulogized by the ISIL in the past 13 months, 39% died detonating a vehicle born IED device and 33% were killed as foot soldiers. Some 4% killed themselves while committing mass casualty attacks against civilians, and 6% died as propagandists embedded with brigades.
In an ISIL video released in 2015, a boy was shown beheading a Syrian soldier under adult supervision.
Also last year, another video showed 25 child soldiers shooting 25 captured Syrian soldiers in the head.