English: DRC, orthographic projection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By KEVIN J KELLEY Special Correspondent
Posted Saturday, February 22 2014 at 16:13
Somalia’s Al Shabaab militants could potentially establish links with anti-government fighters in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region said last week.
Russell Feingold noted in a wide-ranging talk at a Washington think tank that previous Al Shabaab strikes in Kampala and Nairobi indicate it is “getting pretty close to the DRC.” Continue reading
An Afghanistan National Police (ANP) instructor demonstrates to ANP recruits how to aim an AK-47 rifle at a range near the regional training center for the ANP near Gardez, Afghanistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
February 2, 2014
Footage shows four-year-old son of foreign jihadi fighter firing Kalashnikov rifle, to shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar’.
By Ari Soffer
In the latest alarming evidence of child soldiers being used by Syrian rebel forces, an Islamist brigade linked to Al Qaeda released footage of a four year old it claimed as its youngest recruit.
In the video (below), the child – who can barely hold the AK-47 rifle he is firing – lets off two shots to cheers of “Allahu Akbar”. The tiny boy is clad in a black ski mask and is forced to rest the barrel of the rifle on what appears to be a section of a roadblock to prevent himself from falling over.
Britain’s Daily Mail reported that the child is believed to be the son of an Albanian jihadi, one of thousands of foreign Islamist fighters who have flocked to fight on both sides of the Syrian civil war,