Note the raised index finger gesture that has become the hallmark of adherents of the Islamic State. We saw it from other adherents of the Islamic State here and here — and that’s just today. Muslim students disrupting Pamela Geller’s talk at Brooklyn College in April made the signal as well — although Islamic supremacists and enlightened Leftists at the time heaped scorn on the idea that they could possibly mean that they were supporters of the Islamic State. Of course. The very idea is inconceivable, isn’t it?
“Kazakh IS Militant Posts Photos Of Central Asian ‘Caliphate Cubs,'” by Joanna Paraszczuk, RFE/RL, June 16, 2015:
A social-media account run by an Islamic State (IS) militant who claims to be from Kazakhstan has posted a number of photographs of Central Asian children, some of whom he claims are ethnic Kyrgyz.
The militant, who calls himself Artyom, maintained an account on the Russian-language social network VKontakte until it was blocked on June 13. RFE/RL has obtained screen grabs of several of his posts, including those where he posted photographs of Central Asian children.
Artyom claimed on his VKontakte account that he is from Atyrau, Kazakhstan’s main Caspian Sea port. He posted a photograph of himself on June 9 sitting in front of a store with two small boys whom he claimed were Kyrgyz children. The boys, both of whom appear to be under the age of 10, are dressed in military fatigues.
A search of the photos on Artyom’s blocked account, however, shows that the militant appears to have deleted the photograph of the Kyrgyz children before his account was banned, perhaps because the picture attracted the attention of reporters and of Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security (GKNB).
On June 13, the pro-Kremlin Russian-language website Sputnik.kg reported that the GKNB said it was examining the photograph. “This information should be checked. There are representatives of several nations there [in IS-controlled territories] who are similar in appearance to us. This situation needs to be clarified,” official GKNB spokesman Rahat Sulaymanov was quoted as saying.
On May 28, Sulaymanov said that according to official figures there were some 300 Kyrgyz citizens fighting alongside IS militants in Syria. Some of the militants had taken their families with them, including “up to 10 small children,” Sulaymanov was quoted as saying.
The Interior Ministry’s Antiterrorism 10th Department said that there were 352 Kyrgyz nationals in Syria and Iraq, of whom 49 are women and 22 are minors, the 24.kg website reported on June 15….