Isis has opened an English medium school for girls and boys in Raqqa.
A Isis poster in Raqqa announcing that it has opened an English medium school for girls and boys.Twitter

The Islamic State (Isis) has reportedly opened an English medium school in its Syrian stronghold Raqqa.  

In the school, named after former Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, lessons will be taught in English instead of Arabic to the children of its foreign fighters.

According to the Syrian activist group - Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Isis has opened one English medium school for boys and another for girls.

The Islamic State terror group – also known as ISIL – announced its plans in a promotional poster that is being put out in Raqqa, which is an Isis stronghold and has seen a high influx of foreign jihadists in the last one year.

The notice that has been uploaded on Twitter says: "By the grace of Allah we have opened schools for English speaking children." The poster notes that the schools will be for children between the age of 6 and 14 years.

The school for boys will be named after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, while the girls' school will be called Aisha School, the group says in the poster.

The notice further says that children of Isis fighters will be taught lessons on religion and mathematics in English. Besides, English as a language will also be taught in the schools.

The classes will begin at 9 am and end at noon Saturday through Wednesday, according to the poster. 

The move to include English language in its schools seems to be an attempt by the radical group to attract more foreign jihadists to its ranks in Syria.

Reports have found that at least 10,000 foreign fighters from 100 countries have joined Isis in Syria, and many of them seem to have smuggled their families as well.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an Al Qaeda leader, was responsible for a series of bombings, beheadings, and attacks during the Iraq war. He was a close associate of Osama Bin Laden and was killed by the US forces in 2006 in a targeted attack on his safe house.

In Aleppo, Isis is believed to be running a school that is named after Osama Bin Laden.

Also read
Quick Links