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ISIL Releases Photos of Kids Firing Rockets in Iraqi Ramadi

© REUTERS / StringerSmoke rises after a bomb attack in the city of Ramadi, May 15, 2015
Smoke rises after a bomb attack in the city of Ramadi, May 15, 2015 - Sputnik International
ISIL militants have released several photos of children launching rockets in the city of Ramadi.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – ISIL militants have released several photos of children launching rockets in the city of Ramadi, central Iraq, seized by the terrorist group on Sunday, local media reported.

On Sunday, following several days of heavy fighting against government forces, the ISIL took control of Ramadi, some 70 miles from Baghdad. Hundreds of Iraqi servicemen were killed and many more fled the city.

Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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On Tuesday, photos circulated on ISIL-affiliated Twitter accounts and forums, featuring young children on the battlefield firing short-range rockets. The pictures have been greeted with enthusiasm by the militants’ supporters.

This is not the first time ISIL has released media featuring minors with weapons, dubbed the "cubs of the caliphate." In January, the terrorist group posted a video showing a boy executing two men, accused by the group of being Russian spies.

According to a report by Human Rights Watch, released in June 2014, radical Islamists recruited schoolchildren in Syria under the guise of education campaigns and tasked them with dangerous missions, including suicide bombing.

The Islamic State is a Sunni jihadist group that since 2014 has captured vast territories in Iraq and Syria, proclaiming a caliphate on the lands that have fallen under its control. The group is notorious for its brutal methods, numerous killings and human rights violations.

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