In Syria, the Children of Al-Qaeda – Joby Warrick (Washington Post)
The video of a training camp posted by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria shows hooded recruits in camouflage shooting at targets or marching 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. A photo of the recruits without their hoods confirms that all of them are young boys.
They are “Zarqawi’s Cubs,” the youth brigade of Syria’s most fearsome Islamist rebel group.
In the soundtrack, Arab voices sing: “Oh mother, don’t be saddened by my leaving,” explaining that the boys are going to fight “for the sake of defeating the Jews.”