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Dateline: IS Kids
IS Kids
SBS  |  July 11, 2017
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Sexual slavery, suicide bombings and forced killings. For many young children in IS-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria, this is what they're exposed to daily. Earlier this year the Iraqi army, Kurdish militia and Western forces retook control of most of the city of Mosul, after more than two years of IS rule. Once parts of the city were liberated, survivors of the IS regime told of methods leaders of the self-proclaimed caliphate used to indoctrinate the city's people and in particular, its young people.

One disturbing report details training camps for kids, where children as young as 12 - so-called "cubs of the caliphate" - are tutored to become soldiers. They're taught how to plant explosives and use firearms, made to appear in propaganda videos and forced to adhere to strict daily routines. In this week's Dateline we enter what's left of the IS caliphate in Mosul and talk to children once trained to kill or trafficked by jihadis for sex.

Sexual slavery, suicide bombings and forced killings. For many young children in IS-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria, this is what they're exposed to daily. Earlier this year the Iraqi army, Kurdish militia and Western forces retook control of most of the city of Mosul, after more than two years of IS rule. Once parts of the city were liberated, survivors of the IS regime told of methods leaders of the self-proclaimed caliphate used to indoctrinate the city's people and in particular, its young people.

One disturbing report details training camps for kids, where children as young as 12 - so-called "cubs of the caliphate" - are tutored to become soldiers. They're taught how to plant explosives and use firearms, made to appear in propaganda videos and forced to adhere to strict daily routines. In this week's Dateline we enter what's left of the IS caliphate in Mosul and talk to children once trained to kill or trafficked by jihadis for sex.

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