And here you thought that Islamic State extremists had reached a new low when they began tweeting out photos of toddlers dressed up as jihadists and brandishing real (and possibly loaded) Kalishnikovs.
Think again. According to Kuwait News via Opposing Views, on Nov. 20, Iraqi forces in Husseiniya, a suburb of northeast Baghdad, found 18 dolls all of which had been booby-trapped with explosives.
It is believed that the intended victims were Shia Muslims who will soon depart on their Arbaeen pilgrimage. The dolls were to be scattered along the road between Baghdad and Karbala, a path the Shia Muslims follow each year.
According to RT, in 2014, some 17.5 million Shiite Muslims made the journey along that road.
Iraqi forces defused the dolls, then destroyed them. But the horrifying image summoned up by this act of depravity remains in one’s psyche. Obviously, ISIS savages were hoping that young children traveling the route with their families would discover and claim the seemingly abandoned, but in reality deadly, toys.
The article goes on to note:
Northern and Western Iraq are in a constant state of violence as ISIS tries to take over more territory. On Nov. 13, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the funeral of a pro-government Shiite Muslim fighter in Baghdad, Reuters reported. At least 18 people were killed and 41 wounded.
The Baghdad suicide bombing took place the same day as the Paris, France, terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of at least 129 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for both attacks.