Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Vice News presents: 'Inside the Al Nusra Academy Training the Next Generation of Jihadis'
Vice News presents: 'Inside the Al Nusra Academy Training the Next Generation of Jihadis' HT: ViceNews.
In a classroom in northern Syria's Aleppo province a teacher begins a lesson by saying: "Today we will learn about faith and beliefs."
Abu Baser questions the assembled boys — all in khaki green — on the meaning of the word "faith," before having them repeat: "The war gains belong to God and the messenger."
This is the Lion Cubs Religious Academy, one of several schools run by al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the al Nusra Front. VICE News filmmaker Medyan Dairieh gained exclusive access to the group earlier this year, spending time with the militia's current leadership and the younger generation being groomed to replace them.
His footage shows children singing songs with lyrics like: "Oh mother, don't be sad, I've chosen the land of jihad. Wipe your tears, I only went to fight the Jews," and "Our leader [Osama] bin Laden who scares America with the power of his faith and his PK gun."
In unison, they later chorus together: "All the Christians and a message to America, your grave is in Syria, our Front is victorious." Read and see the full story here.