Mosul siege: Teens ‘brainwashed’, trained to fight for ISIS


With Iraqi security forces coming down heavily on the ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, local commanders of the dreaded outfit have started fleeing in some neighbourhoods leaving behind trained teenage combatants to fight Iraqi forces.

According to CNN, Mosul residents said they fear these young fighters as much than other ISIS militants because they have been brainwashed, have no fear after being indoctrinated and trained for two years.

The UNHCR report said ISIS had “deployed what it calls the ‘sons of the caliphate’ in the alleys of the old town of Mosul, wearing explosive belts. We are concerned that these may be teenagers and young boys.”

Earlier, the ISIS had posted a video “showing four children, believed to be between 10 and 14 years old, shooting to death four people for spying for the ISF and the Peshmerga,” the report said.

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein cited “heartbreaking images” of ISIS forcing children to carry out executions and reports of women being “redistributed” among ISIS fighters, as evidence of the “numbing and intolerable” suffering of civilians in Mosul and other ISIS-held areas.