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Terrorist ISIL Forcing People to Send Children to Terrorists’ Schools

28 September 2016 16:37



Parents in the Southern parts of Damascus province have received serious threats from ISIL to avoid sending their kids to ordinary schools or wait for harsh punishment, local sources said Wednesday.

“ISIL has forced people in al-Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp to send their children to two so-called schools, established by the terrorist group,” the sources said, adding, “ISIL’s decision has made people in Yarmouk angry, but any disobedience will be confronted harshly by the ISIL security forces.”

“ISIL has only two schools in Yarmouk camp. One in al-Aroubeh neighborhood for boys and another one in Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood for girls,” the sources said.

“People in Yarmouk have denied registering their kids in ISIL-established schools and the Takfiri group has threatened to whip those people who do not comply with its rules,” the sources said.

“ISIL is, meantime, trying to mandate a Wahhabi method of education in Southern Syria in its schools that have only eight students,” the sources said.

Al-Yarmouk camp in the Southern Countryside of Damascus is controlled by the terrorists of ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front).

Almost the entire range of extremist and terrorist groups are supported by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with their key commanders and leaders being Saudi nationals. ISIL, Al-Nusra and other extremist groups pursue the same line of ideology exercised and promoted by Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism. Hundreds of Saudi clerics are among the ranks of ISIL and Al-Nusra to mentor the militants.

Wahhabism is now the only source of the textbooks taught at schools in the self-declared capital of the ISIL terrorist group, Raqqa, in Northeastern Syria resembling the texts and lessons taught to schoolgoers in Saudi Arabia. The Wahhabi ideology, an extremist version of Sunni Islam that is promoted almost only in Saudi Arabia, sees all other faiths – from other interpretations of Sunni Islam to Shiism, Christianity and Judaism – as blasphemy, meaning that their followers should be decapitated as nonbelievers.

The ISIL is trying to promote the Wahhabi and Takfiri ideology among the Syrian children in areas under its control in the school textbooks.

The Syrian army and popular forces have gained access to a series of books that the ISIL used to propagate extremism in the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) that is now under ISIL’s control, the Spanish-language ABC newspaper reported in April.

The newspaper also said that they have obtained texts which show the ISIL has invited the Syrian youth to join the terrorist group.

It reiterated that it is quite evident that the ISIL command has tried a lot to prepare plans for the future training programs of the terrorists.

In a relevant development earlier, Guardian newspaper in a 24-page document had disclosed terrorists’ programs for training children and turning the children into religious fanatics and also the importance of the trainings in development of the ISIL’s caliphate.

It said that after training the children the ISIL commanders force them to take part in execution of the people.

The ISIL is also engaged in similar operations in the city of Sirte in Libya; 100 children comprising Libyan and other nationalities have undergone a training program titled ‘Caliphate’s Lion Children’, Libyan local media reported.

The age of the children graduating from ‘Caliphate Lion Children’ does not exceed 14. The children are used for carrying out horrible suicide attacks and driving the bomb-laden vehicles.

In January, Sheikh Adel al-Kalbani, a former imam at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, said ISIL executions of western hostages were ‘not outside Salafist framework’.

A former imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca has said that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group follows the same brand of Islam as officially espoused by Saudi Arabia, the middle-east eye reported.

Footage translated by British think tank Integrity UK on Wednesday showed leading cleric Sheikh Adel al-Kalbani speaking to the Dubai-based channel MBC about what he believes are the roots of ISIL.

“We follow the same thought [as ISIL] but apply it in a refined way,” he said. “They draw their ideas from what is written in our own books, from our own principles.”

The cleric said that “we do not criticise the thought on which it (ISIL) is based”.

Kalbani repeated the oft spread conspiracy that unnamed intelligence agencies had played a role in the rise of ISIL.

He said intelligence agencies had “exploited” those who followed the ultra-conservative Salafist brand of Sunni Islam.

“Intelligence agencies and other countries might have [helped] Daesh to develop, providing them with weapons and ammunitions, and directing them,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.

Kalbani was refused a visa to visit the UK in 2013. Although no official reason was given for the refusal, it was reported at the time that it may have been linked to televised comments he made calling Shia Muslims apostates.

Apostasy is a term used to describe Muslims who have left Islam.

In his MBC interview, which was broadcast on 22 January, Kalbani said ISIL and Salafists in Saudi Arabia shared the same opinion on apostasy, which is that those who leave Islam should be executed.

Kalbani also spoke about the killing of journalists by ISIL, including Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff, which drew global condemnation in September 2014.

He said “their blood was shed according to Salafist fatwas (religious edicts) not outside the Salafist framework.”

Saudi Arabia has regularly been compared with ISIL, in so much that both appear to stipulate similar punishments for crimes that include apostasy, adultery, and drinking alcohol.

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