Pro-ISIS Video: Caliphate Children Will Be Next Generation To Terrify ISIS's Enemies

March 19, 2021

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On March 18, 2021, Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Hadm Al-Aswar Media Foundation released a nine-minute video titled "The Scary Generation."[1]

The video praises the group for instilling its ideology in children raised in its Caliphate, vowing that they will be next generation that will restore the group's glory and spread Islam. 

The video opened with a narrator highlighting the days that its Caliphate was in control of large parts of Syria and Iraq, during which its fighters carried out military and adminstrative missions in addition to other "educational" campaigns in mosques.  

A narrator speaks over footage showing fighters executing prisoners and delivering other violent physical punishments according to shari'a, and members of its Diwan Al-Hisba (i.e., the morality police) touring the markets and holding people accountable for wearing clothes bearing English text.

The narrator highlights how the group invested in children by establishing Islamic schools that taught them the principles of Islam and trained them physically to be future fighters.

The video emphasizes that many of the children took part in military duties, showing some of them using weapons during battle.

The video cited Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi's son, Hothaifa Al-Badri, who was "14 when he was killed in an Inghmasi operation," a special-forces style suicide operation, "against the Nusayri [i.e., Syrian] military forces and the Russians in Homes."

The video included footage of children conducting Al-Hisba (i.e., policing) duties and collecting taxes and others leading prayers in mosques.

The narrator highlighted the Islamic education that the group gave to girls, explaining that girls were taught to wear conservatively and not to mix with boys as instructed by shari'a. The narrator proudly stated that ISIS condemns freedom and equality which many international organizations promote when it comes to women's rights, saying they contradict Islam.

The video included scenes showing children carrying out executions using a pistol, a sword, and a knife.

The video concludes with the narrator vowing on behalf of the new generation to continue to fight against the unbelievers as images of U.S. President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are shown.


[1] Rocket.Chat, Hadm Al-Aswar, March 18, 2021.

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