January 5th, 2010
03:21 PM ET

Pakistan: Taliban brainwashes kids with visions of virgins

The Pakistan military claims children are taught that images such as this of rivers of milk and honey, virgins and other heavenly delights await them.

Arwa Damon

"When we got to this compound it was shocking for us," Lt. Col. Yusuf tells us, standing in the middle of what the Pakistani military says was a brainwashing center - for children.

It was here, according to the Pakistani military, that children aged 12 to 18 were turned from innocent youngsters into cold-blooded killers, willing to blow themselves to bits as suicide bombers.

The discovery of the compound was first reported in Pakistani media last month. Yusuf says his unit took it over after a three day battle with militants.

Part of the compound consists of four rooms - each wall adorned with brightly colored paintings in clear contrast to the barren and harsh landscape surrounding it. The children were told that this was what awaited them in heaven.

Each of the images has a river flowing through it. Some have people playing in the water. Others have women lining the banks.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Pakistan • Taliban • Terrorism
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Joan Safier

    I was appalled last night when you said that Senator Bernie Sanders got 10 billion dollars for community health care clinics in Vermont. If you had bothered to fact check Republican talking points, you would have found that Sanders negotiated the money for community health care clinics all over the country. Something desperately needed. A correction would be appropriate. By the way thanks to it's progressive leadership and ex governor Howard Dean, Vermont has the best healthcare record in the country.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  2. Hobie

    This kinda reminds me of how Christian children are taught that they will go to heaven and meet all their loved ones after they die. But we don't call that brainwashing.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  3. Bob

    Go to most churches in the US and you will see kids being brainwashed everyday that their version of god is the right one, and all others are wrong. Produces whole armies of Pat Robertsons, Rush Limbaughs, Dick Chaneys.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:31 am |
  4. Neel

    The Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989, so did the Americans.

    What happend since then is a sordid tale of the Pakistani Army and the ISI, further consolidating on the infrastructure of terror.

    Saudi funded madrasas mushroomed all over Pakistan under the careful watch of the ISI, where terrorists were systematically radicalized, trained, provided money and arms to perpetrate terror against India and Afghanistan.

    Pakistani military and the ISI are the root of all evil ..... !

    January 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  5. Tim Gibson

    Desperate people from both sides, the parents and the jihadist. How does one address that issue?

    January 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm |