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Al Qaeda Opens Youth Terror Training Camp in Syria

Mon, June 3, 2013

A teenager is given a rocker-propelled grenade.

A teenager is given a rocker-propelled grenade.


Al Qaeda has opened at training camp in Syria and is preparing teenagers to wage jihad, according to a video taken in the camp that was posted online.

The video said to be filmed at the Khalifa Youth Camp in al-Bukami in Syria, shows armed children and teenagers in black masks can be seen chanting Islamist slogans and singing the praises militancy.

The film begins with children in army fatigues filing out of a bus and handed various weapons. A trainer can be seen handing the children rifles and draping them with ammunition as they chant, "There is no god but Allah" and "Allah loves those who fight." Other children are handed rocket-propelled grenade launchers as they run down the street waving a black flag affiliated with al-Qaeda and other jihadist causes.

In other scenes in the film, teenagers are training in hand-to-hand combat as well in small arms and long-range shooting. The children practice shooting weapons at a target of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

"We continue to the path of jihad," the children chant. "We shall not lay down our weapons before we attain one of two good things: Victory or martyrdom."

A translation of the video can be found by clicking here.