ISIS fighters trained more than 1,600 captured Yazidi children in the techniques of warfare, how to behead, and even how to commit suicide over the past three years, according to an agent that infiltrated the terror group, the Christian Post reported.
It is believed the children could represent a danger toward other countries. “It cannot be ruled out that IS could use them in terrorist actions in European countries as well as the U.S., Arab countries or elsewhere,” said Khairi Bozani, head of the Yazidi Affairs Office of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
ISIS tried to exterminate the Yazidis in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq in 2014, after accusing them of devil worship. The Yazidis are an ethnically Kurdish religious group following an ancient Mesopotamian religion combining aspects of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
At least 9,900 Yazidis were killed or kidnapped within a few days of the ISIS assault.
“Around 3,100 of them were killed, with more than half shot, beheaded or burned alive. The 6,800 kidnapped were forced to become fighters or sex slaves. About 3,400 remaining captives have been transferred from Mosul to ISIS-held cities of Raqqa in Syria, and the Tal Afar and Ba’aj areas in northern Iraq,” noted Felix Codilla in the Christian Post.
Kurdish authorities have attempted to rescue Yazidis by paying more than $5 million in ransom money since 2014. Because of the payments, ISIS freed more than 3,000 captives as of April, consisting of 1,589 children, 1,076 women, and 336 men.
“One of the rescued children is eight-year-old Akram who was a prisoner of ISIS for two and a half years, wherein he was tortured and brutally trained to become a child soldier. He confirmed that he and other children were trained to decapitate a person and that they have witnessed real beheadings,” Codilla noted in the Christian Post.