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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Mosul: The Islamic State (IS) militants have kidnapped 127 children in IS-held Iraqi city of Mosul recently to train them in the ranks of the terror group, media reported on Tuesday.

iran child soldiers editedThey have “kidnapped, during the past few days, 127 children aged between 11 to 15 years,” Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman Saeed Mamouzini was quoted as saying by an Iraqi News online newspaper on Monday.

Mamouzini further said that the captivated children are transferred to special camps where they are “trained on the use of weapons and implementation of terrorist operations.” He went on to say that Daesh has “kidnapped hundreds of children” since it began its deadly campaign in Iraq and have trained them to carry out bomb attacks.

The Takfiri group, as confirmed by international rights groups, has been recruiting children and exposing them to ultra-extremist Wahhabi ideology and military training in the areas under its control.

Fahmi, an Iraqi boy, who escaped from the clutches of terrorist group, told a UK’s Shia Islamic TV channel earlier this month how he was forced by the terrorist group to carry out terrorist attacks. Shaking with fear, the boy said, “They forced me to do an attack with a truck” on a target. The boy quoted Daesh militants as saying, “Go, die, heaven is waiting for you.”

“I wanted to ask them if the heaven was right there, why don’t they go after it, why us,” he added.

Sheikh Khalid Awad al-Shabani, a tribal leader in the Iraqi province of Anbar, said that the Takfiri group is actively trying to lure local children into its ranks as would-be bombers. He added that the terrorist group has set up training camps for children in the Syrian province of Raqqah and the district of Heet in Iraq’s Anbar.

The tribal leader also said that the terrorist group brainwashes children in the camps and trains them how to conduct bomb attacks against military checkpoints and civilians.

In response to this serious and unending issue, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has earlier said that the Takfiri group “conducts organized recruitment for children in 100 countries,” adding that the “exploitation of children for murder is a heinous crime.”

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Water-Borne Illness Increases Sharply in Iraq

Iraq's individual provinces have been fighting for water, amid a general shortage.

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A girl drinks water in the street outside her tent at a camp for internally displaced people in western Baghdad, Iraq. VOA

Iraqi health officials say that a health crisis stemming from water pollution and a shortage of clean drinking water has worsened in recent days, as hospitals in the southern port city of Basra treat more than 1,000 cases of intestinal infections on a daily basis. The problem was exacerbated several months ago when Turkey cut back on water distributed to the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

A crowd of young men took to the streets on in the southern port city of Basra Tuesday, demanding the central government and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi increase the quantity of clean drinking water allotted to their province, otherwise it’ll lead to a health crisis. Abadi vowed to increase spending on infrastructure for the province during a visit to Basra in July.

A young man, whose friend was killed during a rally several weeks ago, broke down and sobbed over the protesters’ inability to force Iraqi leaders to improve the condition of public services in Basra, especially the region’s worn-out water infrastructure and insufficient quantities of drinking water allotted by the central government.

Some health officials in Basra warn that a cholera outbreak is possible due to water pollution and water-borne parasites that have made thousands of people sick in recent days. The director general of the Basra Health department, Riad Abdul Amir, told Al Hurra TV the situation continues to worsen.

He says more than 17,500 cases of intestinal ailments, resulting from contaminated drinking water, have been treated by Basra hospitals during the past two weeks, alone.

 

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The water network in Basra hasn’t been updated in at least 30 years. Pixabay

 

Abdul Amir says the problem stems from insufficient fresh water supplies coming into the city via canals and water pipes from the north.

“Salty water [which has infiltrated the water network],” he asserts, “is known to reduce the efficacy of chlorine used to treat and kill bacteria in drinking water,” he said.

Safaa Kazem, a docotor who has been treating dozens of cases of intestinal problems and diarrhea in Basra’s Sadr Teaching Hospital each day, says water from the city’s supply is not safe to drink.

She says the degree of water sterilization is minimal and that Basra’s water is very salty and has an extremely high level of microbes in it, along with a high degree of chemical pollution.

Basra Governor Assad al Edani told Al Hurra TV that his province has been suffering from numerous infrastructure problems for a long time.

He says the water network in Basra hasn’t been updated in at least 30 years and the old pipes often break, mixing drinking water with sewage.

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The degree of water sterilization is minimal. VOA

Edani says “not enough fresh water is arriving via the region’s only canal from Thi Qar province to the north.” He thinks a “strong current of fresh water will flush out salty water seeping into the water network from the sea.”

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Edani adds that the population of Basra has “more than doubled since the water network was last updated in the early 1990s.”

Iraq’s individual provinces have been fighting for water, amid a general shortage, since Turkey in early June severely curtailed the number of cubic meters of water it funnels into both the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. (VOA)