Islamic State operating ‘jihadi schools’ for children in Istanbul

Children in Islamic State training camps

The Turkish Daily Vatan has reported that the Islamic State (IS) group has founded several jihadist schools in Turkey.

The Public prosecutor of Istanbul prepared a bill of indictment for IS suspects who were arrested a few months ago. The indictment states that IS suspects were training children – ideologically and physically – in a jihadist school in the Sultanbeyli district of Istanbul.

Documents obtained by the court in memory disks belonging to the suspects show notes declaring that it is heretical to celebrate national days such as National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on 23 April and the 19 May Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day.

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Notes from the Jihadi school

The teachings also order the children to reject Ataturk’s principles and reforms, state courts, military service and national days. Photos of children holding kalashnikovs, the Russian-made assault rifle, were also found at the school according to Vatan.

WhatsApp conversations between the suspects were also in the bill of indictment. The IS suspects were reportedly planning an attack against Iran’s presidental assistant during his upcoming visit to Turkey. According to the conversations via the popular messaging application, the suspects had been undertaking military training in wooded areas in Istanbul.