Baby fighters: A chilling new trend in ISIS

Joanna Paraszczuk reports: The baby in the photograph above grins happily at the camera, his brown eyes wide open in delight and his white jersey showing the remains of a recent meal.

It could be a picture taken by any proud parent — except this baby’s father is a militant who has dressed him up to look just like his daddy.

His father, an Islamic State (IS) fighter from Kazakhstan named Artyom, has tied a black headband around his son’s forehead. Like the IS flag, it bears the Islamic shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, in white.

The photo was posted on the Russian social network VKontakte on July 14. [Continue reading…]

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