Yesterday, it was revealed that the Islamic State attempted to breach the protective barrier south of Tabqa Airbase, via a VBEID attack. The Islamic State member elected to complete the objective was known as “Abu Alaa’ Al-Safrani” – a 14 year old male fighting in the Ar-Raqqa Governate. According to a source, as Al-Safrani reached his destination, he came under heavy gunfire near the base; however, the vehicle exploded before reaching the barrier, resulting in the death of the driver.
Not much is known about Al-Safrani’s history or even how he joined the Islamic State. Deapite the absence of information regarding his identity, Al-Safrani is not the only child soldier that fought in the Islamic State ranks: many youths have joined the I.S.’ fight in Syria and Iraq more recently after recruiters around the world issued a calling for young Muslims to protect the Caliphate.