Thursday, October 09, 2014

First Child "Martyr" For ISIS Mourned By Supporters

Children are fighting alongside adult Islamic State of Iraq and Syria jihadists, and now they're celebrating the first child ISIS "martyr" known as the "Cub of Baghdadi." The kid- who is supposedly 10-years-old- is dead.

He has his own YouTube channel- only 2 videos, both uploaded on October 7. They are ISIS posted video obit/tributes to the boy. The longer one is a compilation of photos of the kid posing in military uniform with an assortment of weapons, and one photo showing him with an expensive looking camera with a huge telephoto lens. I couldn't even afford that- these people are well funded, it seems. There are also photos with his "martyred" dad. However, none of these have been verified.

“In life we have met, and in the afterlife, we have the hope - we ask God to see you in happiness, in a place where this no boredom.In heaven.."

There are, of course, the usual praises and the condemnations

On YouTube, one user commenting said “Oh mother, I did not die, but I am a martyr with my God,” while another user on Twitter said: “God bless you cub of Baghdadi, your picture has made me cry. I swear I wished if I was in your

Charlie Cooper, a researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, told The Independent newspaper that those sharing the pictures are paying tribute to the child as the youngest martyr from the Arabian Peninsula to have been killed in Syria.

However, there were others who criticized and scorned the use of children in conflict.

On YouTube commented said: “Unfortunately everyday a child in Palestine is martyred either because of conflict, hunger or sickness. We did not see anyone objecting…”

Another rebuked the use of children in conflicts on YouTube: “Is this holy jihad? Brainwashing kids’ brains?”

On Twitter user said: “Cub of Baghdadi youngest ISIS fighter killed, the child from the Arabian Peninsula came to kill other Arabs, what a great upbringing.”

Another Twitter user said: “ISIS has announced the killing of its youngest jihadist, and says he is in heaven with 72 Barbie dolls,” in apparent reference to a saying propagated by extremist groups that men will be rewarded with 72 virgins in heaven.

Tragic abuse of children, and a war crime, but what do they care.

But one less jihadist.

Video tribute here.

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