Return from the Caliphate

After the tenuous declaration of victory against ISIS, the fallout is only just beginning for child soldiers recruited for the cause, reports Kimberly Dozier.

Before the caliphate’s collapse, an estimated 40,000 people left home to join up; others have been indoctrinated from home.

In Iraq, scores of Sunni boys have been charged with joining ISIS; many others have returned home, scarred inside and out after being ripped from their families and brainwashed with grandiose ideas about the rewards of martyrdom.

As the legal fallout of the caliphate’s collapse takes shape, the boys now “occupy the gray zone between guilty and forgotten.”

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting/TIME

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