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ISIS defeat impossible without help for indoctrinated child soldiers, says Roméo Dallaire

Caliphate cubs are what ISIS calls its many child soldiers. The Current looks into a generation that's known nothing but the so-called caliphate. Plus, we hear from retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire on Canada's role in new tactics to defeat them.
Retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallairee says the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria cannot be defeated without a strategy to deal with legions of child soldiers being indoctrinated into the violent, extremist cause. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

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The jihadist group ISIS have created a generation that's known nothing but the so-called caliphate by recruiting and indoctrinating children, as a means of securing the group's future.

The more we let all these conflicts fester with children, the longer they are going to be. They are going to be generational. They are going to be sustained and we will not stop it or win and will we certainly not prevent our security from being at risk.- Retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire

The children are known as"caliphate cubs." And they're used to fight and die in Syria.

Researchers at Georgia State University have found that ISIS is recruiting and sending children into battle at an unprecedented rate.

And researchers at the Quilliam Foundation, a thinktank that studies extremism, found that ISIS is aggressively building a new generation of fighters and indoctrinating them with an extremist-based curriculum from birth. 

Both sets of findings raise critical concerns about a generation growing up knowing nothing but the world of the caliphate.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Catherine Kalbfleisch.