Members of the Islamic State have flogged a group of teenagers as punishment for playing soccer. The young boys, who were part of the so-called cubs of the caliphate, received 20 lashes, while the one who decided to start playing received 50 thrashes of the whip.
This cruel and inhuman punishment was handed down after the teenagers left the line of duty in Hawija Kirkuk to rest a couple of minutes by playing this sport, which is banned under the terrible regime of ISIS. This represents just one of the many restrictions the terror tyrants place on the day to day lives of their hostages and prisoners.
Regarding this situation, an Iraqi source said that it was six teenagers who were punished by the Islamic State, as they were playing after leaving a security point they were meant to secure. In a sickening display of pure evil, the brainwashed “cubs” are usually made up of young kids who are violently forced into potentially deadly tasks, such as carrying out suicide attacks and transferring explosives.
This terrible news about the teenagers comes amid claims ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive, according to those fighting the terrorist group in the Middle East. Russia’s foreign ministry initially reported the leader’s alleged death as a result of an airstrike in Syria.
However, doubt is now being spread amid reports that he has gone into hiding. Believe it or not, a Kurdish counter-terrorism official called Lahur Talabany revealed that is quite possible that al-Baghdadi is still alive and hiding near the city of Raqqa.
He added that this wouldn’t be a surprise considering that his roots go back to al-Qaeda days in Iraq, and that he knows what he’s doing considering that he has a lot of experience in hiding from security services.
Last week, security forces of Iraq ended three years of ISIS rule in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and the terrorist group is under growing pressure in Raqqa, which are both strongholds in the militant’s crumbling self-proclaimed caliphate.
Still, Talabany assured they were shifting tactics despite low morale and pointed out that it would take almost five years to eliminate the terrorist group. In fact, he also suggested that after defeated, ISIS would wage an insurgency and resemble al-Qaeda on “steroids.”
Apparently, the future leaders of the Islamic State were expected to be intelligence officers who served under the brutal regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who has been credited as the men with devising the group’s strategy.
Regarding al-Baghdadi’s situation, the Pentagon could not confirm whether he’s still alive. Spokesman Jeff Davis told reporters that it has no kind of information about the ISIS leader’s whereabouts or status. He pointed out that despite the fact the Pentagon consider him someone who should be eliminated, they don’t know anything one way or the other.
Although many consider that the possibility of al Baghdadi being alive represent a serious setback, Davis explained that regardless of whether he’s dead or not, the ISIS leader is largely irrelevant right now since he’s not involved in any day-to-day major decision making or command control. Naturally, he recognized that from a psychological standpoint, he’s better off dead than alive.
What the Islamic State did with the teenagers after playing soccer is not a surprise at all, given the fact that the terrorist group is known for committing atrocious acts, especially with minors. A couple of weeks ago, a chilling new ISIS execution video showed brainwashed kids as young as eight being forced to shoot prisoners in the head.
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Back in January, the terror group released a shocking footage which showed child recruits beheading and shooting three prisoners. The young children, who look to be at toddler age and around nine years old, were filmed wearing camouflage army style uniforms, while brutally killing their victims.
In this horrible video, one extremely young boy was filmed shakily clutching a gun and shooting a man in the head, while another brandished a large knife before savagely cutting a prisoner’s throat.
Believe it or not, these unspeakable acts of depravity went to a whole new level earlier this month, after the New York Post reported that ISIS forced children as young as five-years-old to dismember prisoners with a machete.
The media outlet informed that Hadya, 11, and her brothers Fadi 9, and Shadi, 5, who were prisoners of the terrorist group for two years, were forced to cut off the prisoner’s arms, foot, and face.