In Mosul orphanage, Islamic State groomed child soldiers

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"After six months at the camps, some of the boys came back to spend a weekend with their younger brothers. They were wearing uniforms and carrying weapons"

  • Former orphanage in east Mosul held dozens of boys

  • Taught hardline ideology, older ones sent to military camp

  • Site cleared out ahead of ongoing government offensive

By Stephen Kalin

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb 17 (Reuters) - When the boys first arrived at the Islamic State training facility in eastern Mosul they would cry and ask about their parents, who went missing when the militants rampaged through northern Iraq in 2014.

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