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September 3, 2014 - 1:30 pm

The Islamic State today released a series of photos they say detail the orphanages that they now run in Nineveh, the heart of ancient Assyria and modern-day Mosul.

The series of photos titled “Orphanages in the state of Nineveh,” showing boys and girls holding an Islamic State flag, boarding a bus with an Islamic State flag, and riding bumper cars at a small fun fair, were released online by the “Information Office of the Mandate of Nineveh.”

It’s not known who the children are or how they came to be in ISIS’ custody. In one image, a jihadist’s face is blurred as he leads kids ranging from pre-schoolers to grade-schoolers in a chant or song in front of Islamic State flags.

ISIS forced Christians to flee the Nineveh plain starting in mid-July. An Aug. 17 report from the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena in Iraq notes how the nuns were forced from facilities they ran in the area. “We left nineteen places of ours, which include convents, schools and orphanages. Moreover, we have learned that our convent and the orphanage we own in Bartila have been taken by the ISIS,” states the report. “Also, our convents in Mosul and in Tal Kaif were taken (including a school and kindergarten).”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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They look like unknowing hostages to me. Where will those girls be once they all turn nine?
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These are some awfully nice guys, taking in these poor children and taking care of them after slaughtering their parents.
Awwww...
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Someone should show these pictures to our fearless leader. How can he sit around and debate what should be done when looking at those innocent faces, little children who will be indoctrinated into the ISIS terrorist philosophy. As the Progressives are always talking about what they're doing is "for the children". Well here are the children. Do something.
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Horrific and haunting. Rescue them!!
11 weeks ago
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Anyone notice the two european caucasian kids in the middle?
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They are from the Balkans most likely. Poor little souls.
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They look like unknowing hostages to me. Where will those girls be once they all turn nine?
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They'll be married to jihadis who have come to fight for ISIS. As soon as they hit puberty, they will be used to conceive the next generation of jihadis.
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These are some awfully nice guys, taking in these poor children and taking care of them after slaughtering their parents.
Awwww...
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Someone should show these pictures to our fearless leader. How can he sit around and debate what should be done when looking at those innocent faces, little children who will be indoctrinated into the ISIS terrorist philosophy. As the Progressives are always talking about what they're doing is "for the children". Well here are the children. Do something.
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The same has been happening in Gaza and the West Bank for decades ...
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"How could he sit around and debate what should be done when looking at those innocent faces [of] little children?" you ask. Well, they're not black.
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How soon will they groom the girls for moletstation and the boys for martyrdom?
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Actually, the boys get molestation, THEN martyrdom.
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Of course they need orphanages. They're manufacturing orphans.
Touching on the claim that Islamaphobia is a form of racism: if you subtract the adults from these images, the children could be in Anaheim or Madrid or Prague.
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