Category Archives: Child fighters

Young But Dangerous: Still No Answer to Handling Europe’s Children of ISIS

When Emilie Konig left her home in France to join the Islamic State, she left her two children behind. The former barmaid, who converted to Islam after marrying an Algerian at the age of 23, had missions to fulfill: helping to establish a pure Islamic caliphate and avenging the apostates in the West. In Syria, having divorced her abusive husband years earlier, Konig met and married an ISIS fighter and gave birth to three more children before the caliphate collapsed.

Now Konig wants to come home. Currently in Kurdish custody, the 33-year-old — who was arrested in combat — appears in online videos, unveiled and weeping, declaring her repentance and regret.

France is having none of it.

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Outrage over Canada’s compensation for former Guantanamo child soldier is misguided

More than two years after he was out on bail, Khadr is engaged to be married and attending a private Christian university. Like many juveniles (including child soldiers) who have transitioned successfully into mainstream society, Khadr has shown every sign that his past is behind him.

Khadr remains to date the only child soldier who has been prosecuted for war crimes since World War II. At the time of his trial in front of a sham US military tribunal, Radhika Coomaraswamy, former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, asserted that “Child soldiers must be treated primarily as victims and alternative procedures should be in place aimed at rehabilitation or restorative justice”.

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Dutch intelligence fears return of ISIS child soldiers!

According to a Dutch intelligence report, there are approximately 80 or more Dutch children living under ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Women in ISIS territories often become pregnant and as a result the Dutch authorities have no exact statistics.

According to the Dutch intelligence services the children are seen as cubs that will grow as lions of the ISIS self-proclaimed caliphate. Therefore, they are trained at a very young age at special ISIS schools. The children receive Sharia education as well as military training within a group known as Cubs of the Caliphate.

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