A four-year-old child can be seen firing rounds from an automatic assault rifle in a video that has emerged from war-torn Syria.
It is just the latest example of jihadists grooming children to become fighters as al-Qaeda factions continue to strive to establish a Taliban-like Islamic state in the country.
The footage was posted to YouTube and is believed to show the son of a jihadist who is one of thousands of foreigners who are fighting with al-Qaeda in Syria.
The toddler, who wears a black ski mask, could be seen firing shots from a black AK-47-style automatic assault rifle.
So he could cope the weight of the weapon, the barrel was supported by a section of road block.
The child squeezed off two rounds to shouts of “Allahu Akbar”, before an arm reached down and retrieved the weapon.
The video provides further evidence that jihadists are pressing children into battle against the regime of president Bashar Al-Assad and rival rebel groups.