An affiliate of the terror organization al Qaeda has a new tool to recruit terrorists and it's targeted at children.
The group, which appears to be allied with al Qaeda on the Arabian Pennisula, is using an animated cartoon with scenes of young boys wearing battle fatigues, participating in raids, murders and terror plots.
It is the latest attempt by the terror organization to use multimedia to draw in potential recruits.
Analysts say the Disney-like film aimed at children tells stories of the prophet, stories of holy wars and anti-Western propaganda.
"But I think it could backfire. Families will be angry that al Qaeda is directing this at their children," said Noman Benotman, a former jihadist with links to al Qaeda who is now an analyst at the Quilliam Foundation in London.
The filmmakers released four clips of the movie through the Arabic-language al-Shamouk jihadist website and asked for feedback from forum users.
Most of the users approved of the new film.
British intelligence officials view al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - which is the branch active in Yemen and nearby countries - as a significant threat.
Meanwhile, a new report by an Israeli research institute shows the U.S. government could be funding terrorists who are behind bars in Israel.
The Media Watch report claims the Palestinian authority is paying more than $5 million a month for 5,500 convicted and alleged terrorists jailed in the Jewish state.
Last year, the United States gave the PA nearly $600 million.
"The U.S. funds the PA's general budget. Through the PA budget, the U.S. is paying the salaries of terrorist murderers in prison and funding the glorification and role modeling of terrorists," Media Watch said in the report.
CBN News Terror Analyst Erick Stakelbeck spoke more about the al Qaeda cartoon and the new Media Watch report on CBN News weeknight newscast "Newswatch," Aug. 5.
--Published Aug. 5, 2011.