#Islam: Child Abuse in the Name of Jihad

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ISIS released video today of a training camp of “caliphate cubs” in Mosul that shows boys being groomed for jihad with live-fire exercises and abusive adult trainers.

The boys are masked in the video except for mealtime, when the camera pans away from their faces. Their higher voices and average heights suggest mostly pre-pubescent boys to some in their early teens.

The release comes as ISIS is preparing for its one-year anniversary of sacking Mosul and establishing the caliphate on June 29. The group has put heavy emphasis on raising younger generations as jihadis, including boys who were already living in areas seized by ISIS and children brought to the Islamic State by their parents.

The full video was viewed by PJM. Here are some images captured from the 7-minute film.

Boys are subjected to fights in a cage ringed with ISIS flags

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A trainee is shown breaking a pile of tiles with his head

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The trainer sledgehammers a pile of tiles on a boy’s chest

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The trainer walks on the chests of boys stretched out on the ground

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The trainer hits boys with a stick as they traverse climbing bars

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The trainer breaks a stick across the torso or heads of boys as they’re not supposed to flinch

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Boys crawl through an astroturf-lined tunnel while ISIS trainers fire live rounds at their path

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Boys are put through an exercise in how to ambush a car

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A boy fires at a fellow trainee in the grass

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by Bridget Johnson, a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.