Big Question: Why does Isil use children in its propaganda?

International audiences are long accustomed to images of suffering children in desperate need of aid in the Middle East. The propaganda value of such images is well known to states and NGOs seeking humanitarian support. ISIL’s recent videos of children undergoing military training and even executing hostages are arguably far more disturbing images.

But why are children playing an ever-increasing role in ISIL’s propaganda?

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