ISIS' Guide to Raising Jihadi Babies

Jihadi bedtime stories, dart games and toy guns make training fun for kids, according a parenting guide evidently released by Islamic State.

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Children pose with ISIS flags in Raqqa, Syria in an undated image.
Children pose with ISIS flags in Raqqa, Syria in an undated image.Credit: AP

A guide for mothers on how to raise a jihadi baby has appeared online and is being attributed to Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL), the Mail Online reports.

The guide, titled "Sister's Role in Jihad," was unearthed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on jihadi websites. Though the source of the guide is unknown, MEMRI believes it was issued by ISIS or its followers.

It recommends showing children jihadi websites, reading tales of jihad at bedtime, and encourages sports such as darts to improve their aim.

The “most important” way women can contribute to the Islamic State is by indoctrinating children with the militant group’s values, the guide says.

“Don't wait until they are seven to start, for it may be too late by then!" the guide urges. "Don't underestimate the lasting effect of what those little ears and eyes take in during the first few years of life!"

Training for children should be "fun," the guide says, though it stressed that "fun does not mean music and dancing, as is portrayed by Western children's TV." The latter, it comments, "mostly teaches shamelessness, anarchy, and random violence."

Instead, it suggests that children practice target-shooting with toy guns to help direct their anger, though parents should "make it very clear who their target should be, and who their target should not be."

MEMRI executive director Steven Stalinsky said that 2015 was expected to see a marked increase in efforts to indoctrinate the next generation of fightersץ

"No matter what happens in Iraq and Syria in the near future, the next generation – the children of Baghdadi and grandchildren of bin Laden - have already been brainwashed to hate the West and to strive for jihad and martyrdom,” he said.

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