- “Recruitment Process in Salafi-Jihadist Groups in the Middle East (A Qualitative Study)” by Yusef Karimi, David Nussbaum, Razgar Mohammadi. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, First Published March 7, 2021
- “Toward an Ethical Framework for Countering Extremist Propaganda Online” by Adam Henschke &Alastair Reed. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Published online: 08 Mar 2021
- “Context-specificity of violence: Physical, psychological, and social dimensions of harm during the Taliban’s insurgency (2007–2009) in Pakistan” by Sanaullah. Violence: An International Journal, First Published March 10, 2021
- “Terror after the Caliphate: The Effect of ISIS Loss of Control over Population Centers on Patterns of Global Terrorism” by James A. Piazza &Michael J. Soules. Security Studies, Published online: 17 Mar 2021
- “The “Civilizational Project” and the southern Sudanese Islamists: between assimilation and exclusion” by Willow Berridge. Journal of Eastern African Studies, Published online: 16 Mar 2021
- “Norms, Non-combatants’ agency and restraint in jihadi violence in northern Mali” by Ferdaous Bouhlel &Yvan Guichaoua. International Interactions, Published online: 20 Mar 2021
- “Nationalism or transnationalism? Afghan nationalism and Pan-Islamism in Seraj-ul Akhbar” by Mortaza Mandegar Hassani. Middle Eastern Studies, Published online: 22 Mar 2021
- “No Child’s Play: IS Propaganda Videos and the Recruitment of Children” by Flora Khoo and William Brown. GNET, Published online: 23 Mar 2021
- “When Fieldwork Ends: Navigating Ongoing Contact with Former Insurgents” by Rachel Schmidt. Terrorism and Political Violence, Published online: 24 Mar 2021
- “Terrorism Confidential: Ethics, Primary Data and the Construction of “Necessary Fictions”” by Michele Grossman &Vivian Gerrand. Terrorism and Political Violence, Published online: 24 Mar 2021
- From conversion to violent extremism: empirical analysis of three Canadian muslim converts to Islam” by Denis Suljić, Alex Wilner. Journal for Deradicalization, Published online: 26 Mar 2021
Imagine the horror of seeing a child in a video executing an individual. Islamic State (IS) raised the brutality of their violence by showcasing children as executioners in their propaganda videos. The first IS child propaganda video was released on 13 January 2015. Entitled, Uncovering an Enemy Within, the video featured a young Kazakh boy, Abdullah, executing two men by shooting them in the back of their heads. The men were purportedly Russian spies.
The youngest European child to be showcased in an IS propaganda video was a four-year-old British child called Isa Dare. He is the son of Grace “Khadija” Dare who married a Swedish IS fighter called Abu Bakr. In December 2014, Bakr died in the global coalition air raid against IS. Nicknamed Junior Jihadi, the four-year old was given a central role in the video. He used a remote control and blew up a car with four alleged spies. Towards the end of the video, a British teenager warned Prime Minister David Cameron to get the British army ready to fight IS child soldiers, pointing to Junior Jihadi....