US special forces sent to smash ISIS in Mozambique as fanatics BEHEAD kids in front of their mums
GREEN BERET special forces soldiers have been to deployed to Mozambique to stop ISIS establishing a new caliphate.
Terrorists aligned with the vile death cult have turned football pitches into execution grounds and beheaded children in front of their parents in their reign of terror.
To "prevent the spread of terrorism and violent extremism”, around a dozen specialist soldiers will be present in the war-torn country for two months, the US Embassy has confirmed.
Violence has escalated in the past year, with more than 50 people beheaded in the north of Mozambique in November 2020.
More than 2,600 people have been murdered and 700,000 have been forced to abandon their homes after the Islamist insurgency began in 2017 in the far north of the country.
The United Nations has estimated that around one million people are in need of food aid, as jihadis continue to terrorise citizens.
Researchers from Save the Children have been "sickened to the core" after displaced families told of their children's untimely and unjust deaths by militants linked to the Islamic State.
A 28-year-old mother, whose name was omitted to conceal her identity, told how her eldest child was beheaded as she hid with her other children.
"That night our village was attacked and houses were burned. When it all started, I was at home with my four children," she explained.
"We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him. We couldn't do anything because we would be killed too."
A 10-year-old girl also told the Daily Beast how she was forced to watch as one of her neighbours was beheaded.
She said: "I saw this happening. The men told us, ‘sit there and watch someone be beheaded’."
Another role of the US special forces will be to train Mozambican Marines to fight back against ISIS militants, and provide medical and communications equipment.
The Pentagon warned the extremists were taking over swathes of Africa , like it did in Syria and Iraq, with "staggeringly brutal" tactics in October 2020.
The rise of jihadis in Mozambique is particularly worrying, with dozens of fighters in 2017 swelling to thousands now in their ranks.
Chance Briggs, Save the Children's country director in Mozambique, said the reports of attacks on children "sicken us to our core".
"Our staff have been brought to tears when hearing the stories of suffering told by mothers in displacement camps," he said.
Mozambique is just one arena where ISIS are waging war against civilians in an attempt to re-establish territory.
One of these arenas is in Iraq, which previously declared victory over the scum in 2017.
But regional experts fear the jihadis have morphed into a covert network in desert regions of the country, enabling them to spring surprise attacks.
Vladimir Voronkov told the Security Council that Islamic State fighters regularly move freely “in small cells" between Syria and Iraq.
He revealed the extremist group has regrouped and its activity has increased not only in conflict zones but also in some regional outposts.
Voronkov said: “There is a continued trend of attacks by individuals inspired online and acting alone or in small groups."
The tropical islands of the Maldives have produced around 200 ISIS fighters who have fled to the Middle East.
ISIS activities are also increasing across Africa, with Boko Haram continually carrying out attacks against government forces in Nigeria.
Even idyllic holiday destinations are at risk of ISIS attacks.
And there are fears that the tourist hotspot of Trinidad and Tobago could face a wave of terror attacks with 125 nationals leaving to fight for ISIS.
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