"IS officials try to woo children with money, weapons and teaching them how to drive cars," the monitoring body said.
The Islamic State group has trained more than 400 children in Syria as fighters in 2015 alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Tuesday.
The March 18 terrorist attack in Tunisia on Bardo Museum that resulted in the death of 20 tourists and the March 7 broadcast of a video on social media sites showing the Nigerian movement Boko Haram pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) show the expansion of IS into the African continent. Up until this point, IS' presence in Africa seemed confined to North Africa in Libya’s coastal cities, Egypt’s Sinai and some places in Algeria.
They knew he was Christian right away because of his name. And that's all they needed, to decide to kidnap him.
"Your name is very strange,” said the Muslim men dressed in black as they looked at the man's identity card. "So I knew they realized I was Christian."
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.