Children as young as six. “Al Qaeda Trains Young Boys as Terrorists, Tapes Show,” by Jennifer Griffin for FoxNews (thanks to Arturo):
WASHINGTON “” Al Qaeda propaganda tapes released by the Pentagon reveal a possible new trend in the group’s terror strategy in Iraq.
The tapes, obtained by FOXNews and later released to the media, are training videos showing black-masked Iraqi children between 6 and 14 being taught how to hold AK-47s, how to stop a car and carry out a kidnapping, how to break into a house and how to break into a courtyard and terrorize the individuals living there.
Footage aired for reporters showed an apparent training operation in which the boys are shown storming a house and holding guns to the heads of mock residents. Another tape showed a young boy wearing a suicide vest and posing with automatic weapons.
They also are seen being taught to use rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
“These were young boys all masked and hooded, all outfitted with weapons; adults were doing the training,” said Rear Adm. Greg Smith, a spokesman for Multinational Forces Iraq.
“Al Qaeda is clearly using children to exploit other children to get the interest of Jihad spread among teenagers far and wide. They use this footage on the Internet to encourage other young boys to join the jihad movement.”…