Recent ISIS Attacks Have a Sick New Theme
What kind of vicious people go after the young, the faithful, the vulnerable, and the family-focused?
Showing a blatant disregard for any kind of moral boundary, ISIS militants attacked innocent children in the most recent instance of nightmarish violence.
In what would seem to go against all traditional ethical standards, the radical Islamic extremist group targeted kids in an attack that took the lives of at least 31 people overnight on Monday in Baghdad, Iraq.
“One young girl, wearing a ribbon and bow in her hair, wandered the scene dazed.”
ISIS militants detonated two car bombs: one near an ice cream parlor that was filled with families just after midnight (5 p.m. Eastern time on Monday) in the Karrada district; and the other hours later during rush hour, near the Public Pension Office. The attacks wounded at least 80 people.
The explosions went off during the holy month of Ramadan, which started on Friday, May 26. Muslims fast from dawn until dusk during a month that is devoted to faith and drawing closer to God.
“Families with children were enjoying a late-night snack after breaking their fast for Ramadan when the explosions went off,” said Iraqi officials, according to Fox News.
“A number of wounded lay on the ground, others propped themselves up on the colorful park benches outside the ice cream shop,” Al Jazeera reported. “One young girl, wearing a ribbon and bow in her hair, wandered the scene dazed.”
The attack was allegedly committed against a "gathering of Shia" Muslims.
"During Ramadan many Muslims stay up until the early hours, going out to spend time with their families, shop and eat before dawn breaks and the next day's fast begins," Reuters noted.
ISIS "considers members of Iraq's Shia Muslim majority to be heretics and frequently carries out attacks against them," according to Al Jazeera. The Sunni and Shia faiths divide the Islamic religion. The two branches have the same beliefs, essentially; yet there are political disagreements among the groups.
Last week, ISIS carried out an attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. At least 22 people died, including children, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on Monday, May 23, at the American pop phenomenon's concert.
The Manchester terrorist attack also claimed the life of an eight-year-old child who was attending the concert with her mother and older sister. Among the dead and wounded, at least 12 victims were under 16 years old.
In July 2016, the United Kingdom's Independent newspaper noted: "As Iraq continues to reel from a bombing that killed more than 160 people, Muslims are reminding the world that the majority of ISIS' victims are from the religion it claims to represent."
ISIS extremists have repeatedly attacked the Shia people.
"Shias were also the main victims of ISIS' deadliest ever attack in Iraq, when militants massacred 670 prisoners in a raid in Badush in June 2014," the Independent reported in 2016.
The extremist terror group has also carried out attacks on other religions, such as Christians.
"The United States and the United Nations have officially acknowledged that the Yazidis, Christians, and other ethno-religious minorities in Iraq and Syria have been victims of genocide at the hands of ISIS," Breitbart News reported earlier this year. The Yazidi (or Yezidi) are an ethnically Kurdish religious group.
But why would any group blatantly attack innocent kids at an ice cream parlor? ISIS has clearly misused and abused some of the youngest in society. The terror group has been known to indoctrinate children into its cause.
"To our knowledge, more than 1,000 Yezidi children are being trained by ISIS," Khairi Botani, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government's Yazidi affairs office, told the Kurdish media group Rudaw. "They indoctrinate them in the Islamic Sharia and jihad theoretically and practically. And they also teach them the means of killing and how to carry out suicide attacks practically."
The Islamic State has even sold children as sex slaves.
"The girls get peddled like barrels of petrol," Zainab Bangura, a senior United Nations official, said back in 2015. "One girl can be sold and bought by five or six different men. Sometimes these fighters sell the girls back to their families for thousands of dollars of ransom."