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(Image from ISIS video) An image taken from a 2015 Islamic State video purportedly shows Al Farouk training camp for “cubs” [children]. The camp is in Raqqa, Syria, according to Flashpoint Intelligence, a global security firm and NBC News consultant. we die trying to make the religion triumphant.”3 In the fifth edition of the magazine, the authors say that the IS flag will expand until “it covers all western and eastern extents of the Earth, filling the world with the truth and justice of Islam.”4 To establish the rule of Islam both within Muslim countries and worldwide, war will be necessary; not for its own sake, but to ensure that the will of Allah is carried out. In volume 7 of Dabiq, this is brought home in an article titled “Islam is the Religion of the Sword Not Pacifism.” Its author writes, “Allah has revealed Islam to be the religion of the sword, and evidence of this is so profuse that only a zindiq (heretic) would argue otherwise.”5 He justifies his position by quoting a variety of texts from the Quran: “Then, when the Sacred months are over, kill the idolaters wherever you find them, take them [as captives], besiege them, and lie in wait for them” (9:5); “Fight those among the People of the Book [ Jews and Christians] who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day ...” (9:29); “O Prophet, fight the unbelievers and their hypocrites and be stern with them. Their abode is Hell, and what a terrible fate” (9:73). Other texts from the Quran also reinforce the point. On the basis of those texts, members of IS are free to kill anyone who does not follow their own interpretation of Islam and those of other faiths. It is possible, therefore, to kill Shia Muslims, known by members 30 of IS as Rafidah (those who reject [true Islam]). For example, twenty-five were killed in an attack on a Shia mosque in Kuwait City in June 2015. Elsewhere, a gunman linked to IS killed five Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia during its Ashura festival the following October, and more than forty were killed in a suicide bombing in Beirut in November of the same year. People of other faiths are also persecuted. Christians are told to convert to Islam or pay a special tax known as jizya; thousands of Christians in Iraq have fled their homes as a result. In February 2015, IS posted one of its grisly videos online: twenty-one members of the Egyptian Coptic Church, dressed in orange coveralls, were led along a beach in Libya by members of IS dressed in black. The video showed their theatrically staged beheadings. Beheading and the Use of Child Soldiers Beheading seems to be one of IS’s favorite methods of killing. It is favored, first, because it puts fear into those who oppose it; hence, we read of the Iraqi army simply melting away when IS took over parts of northern Iraq. Second, it is favored because it is sanctioned by verses in the Quran: “Strike [those who disbelieve] upon their necks and strike every fingertip of theirs” (8:12); “When you meet the unbelievers, strike their March-April 2016  MILITARY REVIEW