Islamic State crisis: The 13-year-old on ‘righteous path’

BBC News:

 

In a cramped living room in southern Turkey, a 13-year-old boy is training to join Islamic State.

As he welcomes us in, he appears a regular, happy-looking child: his hair is ruffled, his smile beaming, he wears a grey, hooded sweater.

But as we sit down to talk, he heads next door to change, returning in a black balaclava and military-style camouflage top.

He wants to be known as “Abu Hattab”.

Born in Syria, he was first radicalised last year, joining the jihadist group Sham al-Islam.

 

‘Behead them’

He had Sharia lessons and learned how to use weapons, proudly showing us pictures in which he takes aim with machine guns.

Now he spends his days online, watching jihadist videos and chatting on Facebook to IS fighters.

Within weeks, he says, he’ll go to the IS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria to become a young jihadi soldier.

“I like Islamic State because they pursue Sharia and kill infidels, non-Sunnis and those who converted from Islam,” he says.

“The people killed by Islamic State are American agents. We must behead them as Allah said in the Koran.”

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A 13-year-old boy who wishes to be named 'Abu Hattab' stands in a forest holding a weapon

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