Islamic State tortured Kurdish child hostages - rights group


spaminator
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Islamic State tortured Kurdish child hostages - rights group
Ayla Jean Yackley, REUTERS
First posted: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 07:32 AM EST | Updated: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 07:40 AM EST
ISTANBUL - Islamic State militants in Syria forced children as young as 14 to watch videos of beheadings and beat them with cables during six months of captivity, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.
The Sunni Muslim militants abducted a group of children on May 29 as they returned to the Syrian town of Kobani after taking school exams in the city of Aleppo. It freed the final 25 hostages on Oct. 29.
Islamic State has captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, declaring an Islamic caliphate that erases borders between the two. Its fighters have killed or driven away Shi'ite Muslims, Christians and other communities who do not share their ultra-radical brand of Sunni Islam.
Kobani, a predominantly Kurdish town on the Syrian border with Turkey, has been besieged by Islamic State militants for more than a month despite U.S.-led air strikes meant to displace them.
The abuse of more than 150 children, some held as long as six months, amounted to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said, citing testimony from interviews with four boys among the group.
The children described being forced to pray five times a day and undergoing intense religious instruction, as well as being forced to watch videos of Islamic State in combat and beheading captives, the New York-based group said.
"Those who didn't conform to the program were beaten. They beat us with a green hose or a thick cable with wire running through it. They also beat the soles of our feet," it quoted one boy as saying.
"They sometimes found excuses to beat us for no reason ... They made us learn verses of the Koran and beat those who didn't manage to learn them."
The boys said they were given no reason for their release other than that their religious education was now over. The last children to be let go were now seeking shelter in Turkey, the rights group said.
Those from families with members fighting with the Kurdish militia, called YPG, which has been defending Kobani, were singled out for abuse, the children said.
Their captors, who came from Syria, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, "told them to give them the addresses of their families, cousins, uncles, saying, 'When we go to Kobani, we will get them and cut them up.' They saw the YPG as infidels," one 15-year-old boy told Human Rights Watch.
Other Kurdish children and adults are still in captivity, the rights group said. Islamic State is also thought to hold less than 10 Western hostages, including foreign journalists.
The United States and its allies have pounded Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since August, stepping up the bombardment after the insurgents moved in on Kobani in October.
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Tecumsehsbones
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This kind of stuff didn't happen before Obamacare.

Seriously, Spam, this is news on the order of "Sun Rose This Morning!" Wanna know how long they been torturing children in the Middle East? Read the Old Testament.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

This kind of stuff didn't happen before Obamacare.

Seriously, Spam, this is news on the order of "Sun Rose This Morning!" Wanna know how long they been torturing children in the Middle East? Read the Old Testament.


But the old testament doesn't mean anything any more...or so I'm told.

How come these people act like what we're told devil worshipers would do?
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post

But the old testament doesn't mean anything any more...or so I'm told.

How come these people act like what we're told devil worshipers would do?

And godbotherers. For torturing children, the devil worshipers are amateurs compared to the practitioners of the Religion of Peace or the followers of the Prince of Peace.

I think they read the verse "Suffer the little children to come unto me" and misinterpreted it.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

And godbotherers. For torturing children, the devil worshipers are amateurs compared to the practitioners of the Religion of Peace or the followers of the Prince of Peace.

I think they read the verse "Suffer the little children to come unto me" and misinterpreted it.

Proof that holy books are fiction. For something divine, omnipotent, intelligent, you'd think it would have inspired/written a book that didn't require interpretation. What good is it to be all powerful if you can't get your point across plainly?
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post

Proof that holy books are fiction. For something divine, omnipotent, intelligent, you'd think it would have inspired/written a book that didn't require interpretation. What good is it to be all powerful if you can't get your point across plainly?

Ask Congress.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Ask Congress.

Can't. I don't have enough financial wealth for them to find me important enough to consider a measured response to such an inquiry.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post

Can't. I don't have enough financial wealth for them to find me important enough to consider a measured response to such an inquiry.

Don't matter none. Even if they did answer, the answer wouldn't make no sense.
 
Zipperfish
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

This kind of stuff didn't happen before Obamacare.

Seriously, Spam, this is news on the order of "Sun Rose This Morning!" Wanna know how long they been torturing children in the Middle East? Read the Old Testament.

Or Gitmo, for that matter.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Zipperfish View Post

Or Gitmo, for that matter.

You read Gitmo?
 
Zipperfish
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

You read Gitmo?

Yeah, it was way better than the movie.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Zipperfish View Post

Yeah, it was way better than the movie.

I'll never figure out why they cast Tom Hanks as D*ck Cheney.

But your comment was totally inappropriate. We don't torture. Only bad guys torture. We use enhanced interrogation techniques.
 
Zipperfish
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

I'll never figure out why they cast Tom Hanks as D*ck Cheney.

But your comment was totally inappropriate. We don't torture. Only bad guys torture. We use enhanced interrogation techniques.

Funny I'm just reading about the Spanish Inquisition right now. They actually weren't allowed to cut you during their interrogation. They chiefly relied on three tortures. One was hoisting you up with a rope around your hands and weights on your ankels and then dropping you almost to the ground. That would basically pull all your major joints apart. Another was simply burning the soles of the feet. And the third was good old water boarding! Who'da thunk waterboarding had such an illustrious heritage!
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Zipperfish View Post

Who'da thunk waterboarding had such an illustrious heritage!

Know what's even funnier? After WWII, we executed Japanese officers for war crimes for waterboarding American POWs.
 
Zipperfish
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Know what's even funnier? After WWII, we executed Japanese officers for war crimes for waterboarding American POWs.

It's nearly a laugh but it's really a cry.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Zipperfish View Post

It's nearly a laugh but it's really a cry.

Nah, anybody that was surprised just wasn't paying attention.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Know what's even funnier? After WWII, we executed Japanese officers for war crimes for waterboarding American POWs.

They were executed for doing it to the wrong people, not for doing it.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDB View Post

They were executed for doing it to the wrong people, not for doing it.

Sort of. Probably more accurate to say they were executed for being on the losing side.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Sort of. Probably more accurate to say they were executed for being on the losing side.

Yeah, but first they stopped most of them from committing suicide. "Hey you lost, you dont get to kill yourself, we kill you!" They were going to die either way.
 

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