Al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq are using children to carry out some of their attacks.
New video released by the U.S. Defense Department shows boys less than 10-years-old being trained by the terrorists.
The children wear masks and carry guns and one boy even wore a suicide vest.
The video shows just how depraved al Qaeda in Iraq really is. Just a few days ago, the group tricked two mentally disabled Iraqi women into carrying out a suicide bombing. And it wasn't the first time.
There have actually been several instances in recent years where al Qaeda in Iraq has used children and the mentally disabled in attacks, revealing a bit of desperation on al Qaeda's part.
U.S. troops under General David Petraeus have killed or captured most of the group's leaders in Iraq. And the Sunni tribes there have turned against al-Qaeda as well. So al Qaeda may not have many places left to recruit other than among young children.
The same is true on the Shiite side, where the Al-Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr is now mostly made up of teenage street thugs after the elimination of several of its top leaders and foot soldiers.
The use of children as suicide bombers is not limited to Iraq.
Children have also been used in attacks and have taken part in terrorist training camps in several other Muslim countries including Iran, the Palestinian territories and the tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. A Taliban tape released last spring showed dozens of teenagers and children preparing to carry out suicide attacks against the West.
Is Another Al Qaeda Attack Imminent?
U.S. officials warn that al Qaeda is planning another attack on U.S. soil.
The officials say senior terrorist leaders are diverting operatives from Iraq and are making preparations to strike America.
Intelligence officials say the terrorists had plans to attack the White House as recently as 2006.
They also say al Qaeda is recruiting westerners to train in Pakistan.