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Depictions of Children and Youth in the Islamic State’s Martyrdom Propaganda, 2015-2016

The Islamic State is mobilizing children and youth at an increasing and unprecedented rate. Mia Bloom, John Horgan and Charlie Winter explore the Islamic State’s recruitment and engagement of child soldiers. They present preliminary findings from a new database in which they recorded and analyzed child and youth “martyrs” eulogized by the Islamic State between January 2015 and January 2016. The data suggests that the number of child and youth militants far exceeds current estimates. Learn about how IS has been using child soldiers as well as trends in the deployment of youth. Read full article.


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