- Photos show boys in ‘ISIS terrorist training school’ in Damascus, Syria
- ISIS has been defeated in Iran and controls small territories in Syria
- Published by desperate propaganda machine to give off appearance of power
By – Matthew Acton and Sara Malm
Shocking images from one of the Islamic State’s terrorist training camps for children show pre-teen boys being awarded AK47 assault rifles for good behaviour and firing machine guns.
The children are so-called ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ – the name given to children who have been brainwashed with ISIS ideologies and trained to fight and kill for the terror group.
Since their early days of power, the all-but obliterated terrorist organisation has been using children as front-line soldiers and suicide attackers, and these images indicate that the practice is ongoing despite their recent defeats in Iran and Syria.
ISIS propaganda chiefs – desperate to show their regime is still functioning despite the loss of 30,000 fighters and virtually all its lands – released the pics of the ‘Cubs’ at their training camp.
The youngsters are shown carrying out gruelling physical exercises and handling weapons.
One lad – laying prone on the ground – aims a machine gun that is virtually the same length as the tiny recruit.
Others are shown receiving copies of the Koran and pledging their allegiance to the murderous regime.
The pictures come as the UK’s leading counter terrorist police officer warned children trained by Islamic State monsters could return to the UK to ‘commit atrocities’.
The head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, Commander Dean Haydon, said that as a result of the growing threat, all those returning to Britain from Iraq and Syria are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Commander Haydon said: ‘A child in a war zone would have seen some pretty horrendous things.
‘Some terror groups are training children to commit atrocities.
‘We need to not just understand the risk the mother poses but the risk that any child poses as well. We look at them on a case-by-case basis and they may be arrested.’
His chilling warning comes after a suspected jihadi bride became the first to return to the UK with a baby born under ISIS in Syria last month.
The unnamed 27-year-old was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London after arriving back in the country with her child.
The terror suspect landed on a flight from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa nine days ago, in an apparent attempt to cover her tracks
But cops from Scotland Yard’s counter-terror squad were waiting for her when she landed.
Her toddler son, whose nationality is unclear, has been taken into care.
She was reportedly released on bail while police inquiries continue.
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