ISIS Using Dolls to Train Children for Beheadings
A new report from the Associated Press laid out how ISIS is indoctrinating young children, including forcing kidnapped Iraqi boys to practice beheadings on dolls.
SANLIURFA, Turkey (AP) — The children each received a doll and a sword. Then they were lined up, more than 120 of them, and given their next lesson by their Islamic State group instructors: Behead the doll.
A 14-year-old who was among the line of abducted boys from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority said that at first, he couldn't cut it right — he chopped once, twice, three times.
"Then they taught me how to hold the sword, and they told me how to hit. They told me it was the head of the infidels," the boy, renamed Yahya by his Islamic State captors, recalled in an interview last week with The Associated Press in northern Iraq, where he fled after escaping the IS training camp.
ISIS is believed to be operating hundreds of these training camps in territory it controls in Syria.
According to AP, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented at least 1,100 Syrian children under 16 who joined ISIS this year. At least 52 were killed in fighting, including eight who were said to have carried out suicide bombings.
Former CIA covert operations officer Mike Baker reacted on "America's Newsroom," saying the ISIS brutality will continue until there are American troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria.
Baker said the U.S. cannot sit back and wait "for some happy day" when the Iraqi military is able to successfully battle ISIS with U.S. forces "off in the background somewhere."
Baker said if the current policies continue, "we're going to be having the same conversation a year or two years from now."
Watch his analysis above.