The terror group advertises its use of children as fighters and suicide bombers, as well as featuring children, including a four-year-old British boy, as executioners in its gory propaganda videos.
There are concerns the number of young boys forced into Isis ranks will increase as young children taken to live in its territories. Daesh have made no secret of the fact they are training child soldiers, they frequently feature in their propaganda videos.
According to Europe’s law enforcement agency the Takfiri thugs are indoctrinating youngsters to become a new generation of terrorists. The report goes on to warn these minors ‘may pose a future security threat to member states’ of the European Union.
In its annual report on terrorism in the European Union, Europol said children raised under the group’s rule are of “particular concern”.
“In their propaganda, ISIS has often shown that they train these minors to become the next generation of foreign terrorist fighters, which may pose a future security threat to member states,” the Europol report said.
The report says: “The future of children born and raised in the caliphate is a pertinent and pressing problem, requiring the immediate attention of the international community.
“There are currently 31,000 pregnant women within the ‘caliphate’.
“As many as 50 children from the United Kingdom are growing up on Takfirism in ISIS, and no prior research examines what will happen to them if they choose to return.”
It’s believed that Isis see the radicalised children as a huge contributing factor in the group’s longevity.
And given they will have little to no education outside of the caliphate, their terrorist indoctrination will carry a deep hatred against the West and alternative cultures.
Nikita Malik, a Quilliam Foundation senior researcher, told the Independent: ‘Many of these children will know nothing about Britain but the current legislation means the UK has a responsibility towards them as citizens. It’s a very complex situation.’