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IS orders lashes for Cubs of the Caliphate members for playing football instead of security

Cubs of the Caliphate, ISIS child soldiers. Archival photo.
Cubs of the Caliphate, ISIS child soldiers. File photo.


Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has punished six of the so-called “Cubs of the Caliphate” leaving a place they were in in charge of securing, southwest of Kirkuk, a local source said.

“IS punished six of the ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ in a village in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, as they were playing football instead of leaving a security point they were charge of securing,” the source told AlSumaria News on Monday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said “everyone was punished with 20 lashes, while one of them was punished with 50 lashes, for being behind the idea of playing.”

The group, according to the source, bans playing football.

Founded by the group, the Cubs of the Caliphate is formed of teenagers to either transfer explosives or commit suicide attacks.

Hawija, located 55 KM west of Kirkuk, has been held by IS since mid-2014, when the group emerged to proclaim an Islamic “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria. The group executed dozens of civilians and security members there, forcing thousands to flee homes.

IS still holds three towns in western Anbar close to the borders with Syria, in addition to a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk.


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