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article imageVideo: 'Little Commandos' undergo arms training in Taliban camp

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 24, 2013 in World
A video entitled "Little Commandos" which shows children as young as five training with heavy firearms at a terrorist training camp in a remote tribal area of Pakistan has surfaced online.
The Telegraph reports that a group called the Turkistan Islamic Party based in the "lawless" Waziristan region on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan claims responsibility for the video. According to RT, the relatively unknown group, which runs camps for militants who carry out attacks in Afghanistan, is believed to have carried out several terrorist operations in the last 20 years.
The video shows children, some as young as five, firing semi-automatic pistols, AK 47 assault rifles and machine guns their size. The young children are literally knocked over from their squatting positions by the recoil of their weapons.
A scene shows young boys standing in a line and dressed, according to The Telegraph, in traditional baggy shalwar kameez. The boys are unable to stop themselves stepping back from the line to absorb the recoil of the weapons.
Little Commandos
Little Commandos
A child pulls back the bolt of an AK 47 with all the strength he can muster. He fires the gun shouting "Allah-Akbar!"
Although the footage is reminiscent of recent videos showing young American children training with firearms, many Western viewers have expressed shock.
Little Commandos
Little Commandos
The Waziristan area where the video is believed to have been shot has been the focus of US drone attacks. According to RT, last Wednesday, a US drone attacked a Taliban training camp killing five militants and destroying the training camp. The incident occurred three days after another attack in which five militants were killed in an airstrike in North Waziristan.
Although, Pakistani authorities have protested US drone strikes, saying they violate the country's sovereignty and incite the people against the US, leaked documents reportedly show that the Pakistani government may have agreed to strikes in designated areas.
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