The municipality in the city of Mashhad (a large city in northeastern Iran) has launched a combat training program for children called the City of Quranic Games and Resistance.
The program was under the supervision of clerics from the Iranian system of hawzas, Shiite religious seminaries.
Cleric school the children in the Quran and combat
According to the official site of the Mashhad municipality, “The purpose of this program that began a few days ago is to introduce the children to the concepts of resistance, war, holy defense, knowledge of the enemy and fighting Saudi Arabia and America.”
The children are training in groups of 10-15 in seven different types of martial arts.
They wear military uniforms with headbands bound across their foreheads with the word “resistance” written on them.
Iranian human-rights activists say the program is to prepare the children to be jihadis similar to how ISIS is training children in Iraq and Syria.
Last month, Iraq’s al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported that the Islamic State had kidnapped at least 1,227 children from various neighborhoods in Mosul to be trained as “Cubs of the Caliphate.”
The information was given to the network by the Kurdish Democratic Party spokesman in Mosul, Saeed Mamouzini.
Children participating in the combat training program
Earlier this month, Iraqi police reported that 500 Iraqi children had been taken by the terror organization, 400 from Anbar, in the west, and 100 from Diyali, in the east.
The children are subsequently brainwashed and used as fighters, executioners and suicide bombers.
Reports surfaced on July 8 that a 14-year-old suicide bomber sent by the Islamic State killed himself long with 50 Kurdish fighters by driving a truck filled with explosives into a military checkpoint in Hasakah (northern Syria) Sunday night.
The latest Islamic State execution video shot in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, featured 25 “cubs” ranging in ages from 10-16 who executed 25 Syrian soldiers.