Scene From a Documentary Shared as 'Children Getting Arms Training in Madrasas'

The video is from Al Jazeera's documentary on ISIL and the Taliban shot in 2015.

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Scene From a Documentary Shared as 'Children Getting Arms Training in Madrasas'
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A video is being shared on social media with a claim that it shows an Indian madrasa teaching children how to use arms and ammunition.

In the video, children wearing skull caps can be seen holding guns and practising their aim while a few adults tutor them about it.

However, the clip is taken from Al Jazeera's 2015 documentary about Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Taliban.

The documentary named ISIL and the Taliban throws light on how ISIL’s central leadership works, the way they introduce young minds to their organisation and the tension between them and the Taliban.



The video was shared with a caption that said, "मदरसे में छात्र उच्च शिक्षा प्राप्त करते हुए...."

[Translation : Students pursuing higher education in madrasa.]

Archived version of the post can be seen here

(Source : Facebook/ Screenshot)

More archives of similar posts on Facebook and Twitter can be seen here, here, here,and here.



On closely observing the viral video, we noticed the logo of Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based international media organisation, on the left-bottom corner.

Al Jazeera's logo can be see in the viral video. 

(Source : Altered by The Quint)

On conducting a keyword search on Google using 'Children learning guns video Al Jazeera', we came across Al Jazeera's documentary from 1 November 2015 titled ISIL and the Taliban.

The documentary was published on Al Jazeera's page in November 2015.

(Source : Al Jazeera /Altered by The Quint)

We found the viral clip on 1 minute and 42 seconds can be seen in the documentary from 45:53 mark. On comparison, we can find striking similarities, including the English caption.

The viral clip can be found in the documentary.

(Source : Altered by The Quint)

The article published along with the documentary carried photographs of children learning how to operate guns and grenades at the ISIL military training in Afghanistan.

It also stated that the ISIL targets young children by subjecting them to videos from ISIL's Iraq operations along with hands-on training involving arms.

Children from Afghanistan being taught how to shoot by ISIL.

(Source : Al Jazeera /Altered by The Quint)

Evidently, the video is from Al Jazeera's 2015 documentary about Afghanistan's ISIL training and does not show visuals from an Indian madrasa.

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Topics:  Afghanistan   Taliban   Al Jazeera 

Edited By :Saundarya Talwar
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