ISIS trains young Syrians to fight in Iraq


ISIS recruits young Syrians and trains them to join the battlefronts. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Thursday, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) summoned hundreds of young Syrians who’d swore allegiance to the group in the city of Manbij in the northern countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria, to undergo an IS-led Sharia training camp.

Speaking to ARA News, an eyewitness from Manbij said (on the condition of anonymity) that the IS-run Sharia training will be held in the group’s main center in the city of al-Bab.

The training is expected to last for two months, and the participants will return home in Manbij to join the IS institutions in the city. 

“This is what the group has declared. However, we’ve received conflicting information that those who join the training camp in al-Bab will be sent to the Iraqi provinces of Anbar and Salahaddin to fight in the ranks of the group,” a local activist said on the condition of anonymity. 

The group has reportedly lost hundreds of militants during battles against Iraqi forces in the recent weeks. 

“Thus they’re recruiting Syrian youth and sending them to fighting fronts in Iraq in order to fill the gap. The group is then able to guarantee the loyalty of these youngster who’ll be separated from their families and will have no other choice than to demonstrate loyalty to the group,” the activist told ARA News on the phone. 


Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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