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10/31/2016 (2 years ago)

'They used this toy because they know the peshmerga will not touch it but children will.'

ISIS has been planting explosives in teddy bears, baby dolls and other toys in the group's latest attempt to fight back.

ISIS uses children's toys to detonate explosives (Premiere Props).

ISIS uses children's toys to detonate explosives (Premiere Props).


10/31/2016 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: ISIS, Mosul, children, toys

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been discovered in toys across war-ravaged Mosul.

Jihads have been concealing the bombs in toys most adults would ignore - but children would be drawn to.

"Why would ISIS use something nice, like a bear or a rabbit?" asked Colonel Nawzad Kamil Hassan, an engineer with Kurdish forces and lead ISIS IED investigator.

"They used this toy because they know the peshmerga [Kurdish fighters] will not touch it but children will. They are not even animals. They are worse than animals."

Kurdish fighters have discovered several concealed bombs attached to everything from playing cards to an abandoned watch.

ISIS plants bombs in toys.

ISIS plants bombs in toys (Twitter).

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Several examples of hidden IEDs are on display at a training center for bomb disposal outside Mosul, where several sweeps have cleared miles of explosives.

Col. Hassan explained: "Every day there is a new device. Some of our men have disposed of things that others have not even seen before."

The IEDs are so well-hidden that Kurdish forces have lost two men in the search for devices.

In the two years the bomb unit has been searching for explosives, they have cleared 50 tons of explosives and discovered several homemade mines across schools, classrooms and five tons of bombs in the city of Sinjar alone.

ISIS has targeted children, civilians, enemy militants and has even targeted Kurdish bomb disposing engineers with decoy, easy-to-detect, mines meant to lure them to more deadly explosives buried beneath them.

Forces push through the threat of bombs and clear as much as they can in their attempt to finish the fight for Mosul and bring the war one step closer to ending.


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