At first glance, the training camp appears no different from the many others shown in propaganda videos posted by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. Hooded recruits in camouflage shoot at targets or march in formation under the black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
But look closer and the “fighters” appear quite small. The tallest are barely chest-high to their instructors, and the shorter ones wear ill-fitting uniforms and appear to struggle under the weight of their weapons. A photo of the recruits without their hoods confirms that all of them are young boys.
Radical Islamist groups within the Syrian opposition are stepping up efforts to indoctrinate children in territory they control. This video shows young boys undergoing instruction and military training at the “Zarqawi’s Cubs Camp,” a facility linked to the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
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