‘I can shoot, _I?’, ‘He can bomb, _ he?’: Peek into Islamic State’s school books
School text books obtained from Mosul in Iraq showed the sickening propoganda used by the Islamic State to brain wash young children who the jihadists dub as the “Cubs of the Caliphate”.world Updated: Nov 22, 2016 20:27 IST
School text books obtained from Mosul in Iraq showed the sickening propaganda used by the Islamic State to brain wash young children who the jihadists dub as the “Cubs of the Caliphate”.
The Mirror, posted on its website, pictures of pages from the textbooks which were discovered in the eastern Mosul neighbourhood of Hay Al-Intasar during an ongoing military offensive to free hundreds of thousands of residents from ISIS’ grip in its last stronghold in Iraq.
One exercise in the “English for the Islamic State” textbook for 11 year-old children asked students to find out the time but the clocks are pictured attached to sticks of dynamite with wires protruding from them.
An Arabic grammar book for children aged 7-8 instructed students to use words like bomb, vest, martyr and explode in a sentence.
An exercise asks students to fill in missing words in sentences such as “I can shoot, __I?” and “He can bomb, __ he?”.
Another exercise instructs pupils to choose the correct word to complete the following sentence: “Usaamah is a fighter. He is shooting in the __”. The options listed are -- ‘Battle, Park, Suq (market)’.
Another page features a vocabulary list of countries. But the countries listed are all those from which significant numbers of foreign fighters have left in order to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq , such as Britain, France, Pakistan, Yemen and Nigeria, the report said.
The English textbook was designed for children around the age of 11, but others, including the Arabic grammar book for children aged 7-8, show the violent propaganda being fed to children even younger.
The books were used on a daily basis, as children in Mosul were forced to study for hours on end, the report said.
The pictures even show evidence that some of the exercises have been completed in pencil.
Earlier this year, ISIS had reportedly launched its first mobile app for children to teach them the Arabic alphabet and the vocabulary taught by it included jihadist themes along with words like ‘tank’, ‘gun’ and ‘rocket’.
More than a million people have been living in Mosul under the brutal terror of ISIS since the terror group captured the city in the summer of 2014.