>> Isis : 13-year-old boy 'is youngest French jihadist killed in Syria'
David Thomson, journaliste à Radio France Internationale (RFI) et France 24, spécialiste des Français partis faire le djihad et auteur du livre «Français djihadistes» paru en mars 2014 aux éditons "Les Arènes", a annoncé ce lundi sur son compte Twitter la mort d’un jeune combattant français de 13 ans qui se faisait appeler Abu Bakr al faransi.
Abu Bakr al faransi (13 ans) le plus jeune combattant français de l'EI annoncé tué en Syrie,serait mort il y a 2 mois pic.twitter.com/CTI920Ztvc
— David Thomson (@_DavidThomson) 9 Mars 2015
Selon le journaliste, il serait originaire de Strasbourg et serait arrivé en Syrie avec toute sa famille. Il aurait été tué il y a deux mois. Deux de ses frères seraient également morts dans les combats. Selon David Thomson, il s’agissait du « plus jeune combattant français de l'EI (ndlr : Etat islmaique) ».
Un de ses frères était apparu dans une vidéo diffusée récemment sur les réseaux sociaux où l’on entendait un des jeunes dire qu’il représentait le « 6-7 » .
>> A 13-year-old boy is said to have become the youngest French jihadist to die fighting for the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria.
Abu Bakr al-Faransi was killed while on patrol at an IS border post near the western city of Homs a couple of months ago, as it was attacked by the Syrian army, local sources told France's RFI radio.
The teenager from Strasburg, eastern France, was taken to the civil war-torn country and enrolled as an Islamist fighter by his family last year, according to RFI journalist David Thomson.
"He was a good child, determined. I loved him very much," the source said. "This news makes me happy. I'm happy for him."
Al-Faransi reportedly arrived with his entire family in Syria last August. Travelling with a camper van, his parents took him and six of his siblings to the IS de-facto capital of Raqqa, initially to recover the body of another brother Mohamed, who had died in fighting there, an investigation by Europe 1 revealed.
The family eventually remained in IS-controlled territory, joining the jihadi group. Several photos depicting some of the young brothers posing with Kalashnikov rifles were posted online.
One of them, said to be aged 10, also featured in a propaganda video where he was briefly interviewed along another child from Toulouse. Brandishing an automatic rifle, he urged other French children to join the conflict
"We are in Raqqa here, there is war here [...] come here and you'll see how it goes," the child said in the clip.
According to Thomson at least two of the brothers are among the roughly 90 Frenchmen who are believed to have been killed fighting for IS.
France is largest western contributor of militants to extremist militias in Iraq and Syria, with more than 1,200 of its nationals believed to be fighting there, according to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR).
IS has been known to groom children to take part in jihad, also setting up dedicated military training camps, with the objective of creating an entire generation for whom violent Islamic extremism is normal practice.