A 13-year-old from France is believed to be the youngest to die fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, according to French journalist David Thomson.
Abu Bakr al-Faransi, originally from Strasbourg, was killed two months ago when Government forces attacked a border he was guarding. Many sources claimed the boy was guarding a border post in the western city of Homs when he was attacked by the Syrian Army.
“This chap got killed, that's the bottom line,” Anthony Glees, director of the Center for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham said. “What an appalling waste of a young life.”
Glees noted that it’s important to work with European allies to reverse the “worrying” trend of ISIS’s recruitment of young people.
“The first step is to recognize that it exists,” Glees said. “The second is to ensure that those who are helping IS are told to stop it.”
Currently, three British schoolgirls who fled to Syria are missing and suspected to be in an ISIS house in Raqqa. Another 22 young women are believed to have travelled to Syria from the U.K. in the past 12 months and are currently under control of the Islamic State.
Glees noted that ISIS’s recruitment and reliance on young people is a sign of their decline.