A London-based think tank says children, like the one seen here from a ISIS propaganda video posted in January, are given decapitated heads to kick around like a soccer ball

A London-based think tank says children, like the one seen here from a ISIS propaganda video posted in January, are given decapitated heads to kick around like a soccer ball

A London-based think tank’s new report details the depths of depravity Islamic terrorists will sink to brainwash children: Decapitated heads are given out to be kicked like soccer balls.

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The Quilliam Foundation released “Children of the Islamic State” on Monday, a comprehensive study of strategies and tactics employed to fuel jihad for generations to come. Letting children play with human heads after executions is one of several ways ISIS normalizes murder.

“The filming of such events is an attempt to promote the idea that the general public support executions. Children have been seen to eagerly seek a front row seat, demonstrating that they are not shy to watch such killings in public,” the report reads. “Additionally, children in [ISIS] regularly witness stonings, crucifixions and beheadings. Children not only get desensitized to violence, but they also deem these practices as normal, and eventually defend them. Children have been seen accompanying prisoners to their death and, in one example, distributing knives to adults before a mass beheading.”

The group’s research lends further credence to reports of children playing with decapitated heads last year.

“In Palestine Street, I saw two members of [ISIS] playing with a severed head as if it was a football,” Amjad Yaaqub, a 16-year-old refugee, told Agence France-Presse on April 6, 2015, from Damascus, Syria.

Nikita Malik, a senior researcher at Quilliam, told Newsweek on Monday that ISIS has used children at least 254 times in propaganda between August 2015 and Feb. 9.

“Thirty-one percent of these pictures and videos show children involved in state-building events, such as in schools, and participating in outreach events. This demonstrates how the group is attempting to portray itself as a legitimate state, showing the programs put in place for entire families looking to make hijra [migration] to the so-called caliphate,” she said.

Malik added in her report that children are targeted because they are a “blank slate” without the cognitive abilities to understand what their abusers are doing. The terror group values these “blank slates” so much that roughly 31,000 women have been impregnated as a result of recruitment efforts.

“ISIS is recruiting these women in order to be baby factories,” Mia Bloom of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell said in September 2014, Breitbart News reported. “They are seeing the establishment of an Islamic state and now they need to populate the state.”

ISIS, which President Obama infamously referred to as a “J.V. team” during a January 2014 interview with the New Yorker, now controls large swathes of the Middle East and North Africa. Malik warned the magazine that some of these children will make their way into Western countries.

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“Children emerging from the Islamic State will not know anything about the world around them,” she said. “They will not have learned the proper social skills needed in order to be a contributing member in a Western society and women will not have the education required for any sort of job. What they will know, the boys at least, is how to operate small arms and light weaponry. They will know how to fight. They will know violence, bloodshed and loss. … We need to prepare our communities in order to reintegrate them into society.”

Children attend a "Cubs for the Caliphate" ceremony in Mosul, Iraq (Photo: Quilliam Foundation)

Children attend a “Cubs for the Caliphate” ceremony in Mosul, Iraq (Photo: Quilliam Foundation)


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