The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group in Afghanistan are training children as young as 3-year-old as they are looking to expand their foothold in the country.
The harrowing fact regarding the use of kids as new recruits in Afghanistan has been revealed in a news documentary series which aired by PBS this week.
The “Frontline” Documentary has been prepared by Najibullah Quraishi, the journalist behind “ISIS in Afghanistan”. He has returned with footage of militants training children as young as 3 in the terror tactics used by the group.
An ISIS loyalist is seen conducting a grim lesson in one scene after herding a ragtag group of boys and girls into a room (girls are ordered to sit in back).
“What is this word?” he says, and answers his own question: “Jihad”, with the children repeating the same word.
The militant is later seen saying “God says do jihad until intrigue, idolatry and infidelity are gone from the world.”
Telling a boy to stand up, he asks “What is this?” indicating his rifle. The child then replies saying the weapon and continues explaining the use of it, saying it will be used to defend the faith by hitting the heads of the (Kafir) infidels.
The fighter then continues to show a hand grenade to the child, saying “This is a hand grenade, meaning hand bomb” with the child repeating the same word “Hand bomb”.
He is also handing an unloaded gun to a boy, coaching him to “fire it from a standing position.” One by one, the other boys (no girls, it must be said) handle the weapon.
Earlier another report was released on the recruitment and brainwashing of Afghan children by ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan.
The report released earlier this month stated that the children were trained to become suicide bombers and ground fighters.
According to the report, the trainings included use of pistols, AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades which were provided by ISIS instructors to children between 13 to 14 years of age in the restive eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.