Terrorist groups increasingly use children as footsoldiers

World Today

ISIL allegedly released it’s latest propaganda film showing a 10 year-old boy executing two men said to be Russian spies. CCTV America’s Jim Spellman reported this story from Washington, D.C.

The boy is believed to be from Kazakhstan and has appeared in previous ISIL training videos with other young boys.

Children are increasingly being used by terror groups. A bomb strapped to a girl about 10 years old exploded in northern Nigeria on Saturday killing at least 16. Authorities believe Boko Haram was behind the attack.

One 14 year-old defector who did not what to reveal his identity once carried a machine gun and fought with ISIL. He has since left the group and said that children are easy targets for terrorist recruiters.

“ISIL prefers young children more than adults because they can convince children and wash their brains,” he said.

And once recruited, children make obedient soldiers, he added.

U.S. authorities said American Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, who is now facing federal charges, was recruited by ISIL and attempted to travel to Syria to fight alongside the group’s leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

“We condemn the brainwashing and recruiting of children through the use of social media and the internet. And we have a message for ISIS, Mr. Baghdadi and his fellow Social Media recruiters: leave our children alone!” his mother Zarine Khan said.

Former intel analyst Mark Kagan discusses child recruitment by terrorists

Former U.S. Intelligence analyst, Mark Kagan, an expert on government, military, and Middle East affairs, discusses how terror groups use children for their cause.