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In Mosul: ISIS press youth, students into military service

By Rudaw 12/1/2015
An ISIS rally in Mosul. Photo: AFP
An ISIS rally in Mosul. Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region: The Islamic State (ISIS) has started forceful recruitment of young men in Mosul for city security and frontline deployment, a source told Rudaw.

“ISIS is pursuing the youth of Mosul to conscript them, and if any family refuses to send their sons to join the group, they will have to pay one million Iraqi Dinars ($850) in return,” said a well-placed source inside Mosul.

“ISIS has established military bases for training and arming children inside Mosul,” he added.   

The Rudaw source added that the extremist group has tightened security in Mosul.

“Tens of ISIS militants and special forces of protecting the Caliph have been deployed inside Mosul, checking civilians and inspecting cars street by street,” he said.

The source said that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who is believed to frequently move base for fear of airstrikes, might be in town.

Kurdish Peshmerga officials said that al-Baghdadi had led an ISIS attack against Kurdish forces near Gwer east of Mosul on Friday.

Also on Saturday an education official in Mosul said that ISIS militants had detained four high-school teachers “for refusing to let their students volunteer to join ISIS.”

The official whose name Rudaw has concealed for safety reasons, said, "ISIS armed men raided al-Mamun high school and imposed on students of the final year of high school to join them on the way of Allah, and to defend the province of Nineveh from the Iraqi forces."

The official said four of the teachers refused the ISIS demand "and they were deained immeiately and taken to an unknown location."




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GodBlessAmerica | 12/1/2015
So here is a question... When victims are forced into fighting with ISIS, but they don't want to nor do they share their extremist beliefs, how do we treat the young men when they are captured by Peshmerga and/or YPG? Do we consider them terrorists? Do we free them and send them back to their families? I say it's handled on a case by case basis if possible. What a crazy and horrible war this is. Many times we don't know who is who and if they volunteered or were forced. Very complicated.
Rchard | 12/1/2015
Cowards these are. Now they don't have any other choice, but to drag innocent civilians into their schemes.
Smko Qadri
Smko Qadri | 12/1/2015
I always wonder, what would it take to create a peaceful world? Can you believe that these idiots are given life and this is what they choose to do with it? Totally madness, I hope with all my heart that in the future we will find a way to salvation because this world is so corrupt it chills in to my spine everytime I think about it. Is it really neccesary for every civilian to carry a gun for protection? Because this is what the world looks like today. Violence and death is around almost every corner. I have hope in the good hearted people in this world, one day when it comes to a point when all evil people are exposed we shall claim this world and make it a better place and fight injustice with all of our hearts. Because in the end we only have approximately 80 years of an natural lifespan on earth and what comes after only God knows. We don't know what God thinks and what his intentions really are. But what we do know is that we were given life no matter where or who you are. Do something great with it, and a peaceful and honorable death shall be given. And I myself believe that our thoughts and actions judges us even after death. I hope these people gets cursed and burn in an potential hell for what they do. Doesn't need to be a hell as religion is imaging it, just a curse on their souls will do fine :) Biji Kurdistan my good hearted people our hearts is like lions and lionesses. We devour hyenas like these. They are just cowards with guns believe me we will always have victory because our shahid's souls are with us. And their martyrs is but merely parasite that deserves nothing else than agony. Never separate human beings in race, religion, opinions or gender. Only know the difference between the Good and the Evil. Sooner or later god will cut them down.
Gerdi | 12/1/2015
They know that the forces around them are gearing up to liberate Mosul, the only question here is how much Sunni support they still have. Forcing people to fight for them will only make matters worse, if you force them the first thing they will do is desert or surrender on the frontline. Saddam was a dealt one of the most humiliating defeats in human history this way, 80% of his army surrendered in the Kuwaiti war, precisely because they were forced into the army.
Kevin | 12/1/2015
This is the indication that isis thugs are desperate for men power and losing the war. This is the beginning of the END for these bastards!!!

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