Jihadi fighters from Kazakhstan feature in this chilling film and brought their children with them to be raised in the Islamic State.
The latest video released by the Al-Hayat media center, the propaganda arm of the Islamic State, shows in shocking detail the brainwashing of children and their inculcation into the ideology of jihad.
Entitled ‘Race Towards Good,’ it introduces Islamic State fighters who have migrated to Syria from Kazakhstan. It is filmed in the Kazakh language with subtitles in Arabic and English. It is clearly intended to encourage other Muslims around the world to come and join the Islamic State by painting a picture of a growing throng of supporters.
The group of fighters from Kazakhstan brought their children with them to be raised in the Islamic State. After showing the men undergoing basic training, followed by advanced training in sniper rifles, the focus shifts to the children.
It shows the sons of the fighters receiving an Islamic State education. Wives and daughters are neither mentioned nor shown in the film. They are shown in an ordinary looking classroom, learning to read and write in Arabic. The boys’ teacher tells the viewer that this is so they will be able to read the Quran. They learn Quran, Tajwid (elocution – the rules on how to pronounce the Quran) and Arabic language and Fiqh (interpretation of Sharia law).
The teacher reveals the purpose of the video when he says “how can those that are sitting back and neglecting jihad slander this state and say these people don’t know anything other than killing and transgressing against the people and their sanctities?” referring to the education system that the nascent caliphate has established.
Yet the boys’ next activity is military training. Aged 8-10 and dressed in identical military uniforms, the Kazakh boys learn firearms, hand-to-hand combat and military drills. It is openly stated by the smiling instructor that he hopes these boys will be the next generation of jihadi soldiers. Once they graduate from the training camp they will be placed into units in the Islamic State’s army.
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