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Mother smuggles four-year-old boy used in ISIL propaganda out of Syria for surgery in Sweden

National Post National Post 8/06/2016 Postmedia News
Jihadi Junior: Isa, aka, 'Jihadi Junior' © Isa, aka, 'Jihadi Junior'

“Jihadi Junior” — a British four-year-old who has appeared in ISIL propaganda — has been smuggled to Sweden through as many as nine countries to have surgery, reports say.

The boy’s mother, Grace Dare, 24, is believed to have taken her son, whose given name is Isa, from Raqqa, Syria, to Sweden, yet they were not challenged on the 3,000-kilometre trip or in the hospital where he was treated, the Sun newspaper said.

Grace Dare renamed herself Khadijah after leaving her home in the London borough of Lewisham in 2012 to travel to the Middle East with her son. Dare had told Isa’s father, Deniz Yoncaci, she was going to Egypt to study, reported.

Instead she joined the terrorist group and then married a Swedish-born fighter, Abu Bakr. He has since died.

“Isa had to have an operation weeks ago. He and his mother were in Sweden after she left Syria, but no one knows how she managed to get out,” a source said.

“Isa is very recognizable so it was quite a feat. She was not detained or stopped which is incredible given their notoriety.

The whereabouts now of the pair is not known. 

In July 2015, Grace Dare posted a picture of her son clutching an AK-47 rifle.

junior with rifle: Isa is four-years-old © Twitter/Muhajirajh fi sham via IBT Isa is four-years-old In February, the boy appeared in a video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant saying, “we will kill kuffar (non-believers) out there,” reported.

Moments later, the boy is shown pressing a detonator which allegedly destroys a vehicle carrying four prisoners seen on the video.

The boy then stands next to the charred damage and shouts “Allahu akbar.”

The video led to the boy being nicknamed Jihadi Junior.

ISIL often has used children to carry out torture on camera, reported. Boys and girls also have been subjected to watching public executions.

“They’re being shown a level of brutality that no child should be exposed to,” Charlie Winter, a researcher and ISIL expert said. “In a way, it’s something of a rite of passage, one that will obviously have a lasting impact on them.” 

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