While perhaps not shocking, jihadists apparently have their own answer to the cub and boy scouts. Islamic militants in Pakistan have recently released a video of children training with firearms at a "cub scout" style training camp in Taliban-controlled Waziristan. The video is titled ‘Cubs of Waziristan,’ and the opening caption states it was distributed by the "Al Ansar Mailing List." The video has also reportedly been distributed to various other jihadist websites.
LWJ reports about the details of the original, seven-minute long video. The clip we've provided below has been shortened and translated:
At the beginning of the video, a group of 16 jihadists, including what appears to be six trainers armed with assault rifles and 10 young recruits, is seen standing in a semicircle. An older fighter, who seems to be the leader, cites a verse from the Koran that says Muslims must prepare for war against “the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”
“In obedience of this divine command, we are doing this and preparing militarily and Shariah- and faith-wise,” the fighter says. “In this way, we are erasing ages of humiliation that we tasted and in which we grew up. At times we were scared of match sticks, and now, thanks to Allah, here are the children of the Muslims getting trained in weapons that special forces are trained in using. This is an embodiment of the extirpation of the defeatist moral that was planted in the Islamic Ummah [community].”
An edited version of the video and a translation are provided by the SITE Intelligence Group. LWJ reports that the location of the camp and the date the video was taken were not disclosed.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)