Suspected British al-Qaeda fighters in Syria have been circulating images showing children being trained to use deadly weapons in a jihad training camp.
The base is said to be in the Ghouta area on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, which is the area that has hit by a chemical weapons attack in September last year.
The pictures showed children aged between 9 and 15 in full battle dress and wearing black ski masks bearing the logo of al-Qaeda.
Many were seen holding Kalashnikov AK-47-type automatic assault rifles, tripod-mounted belt-fed heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
In one shot, children could be seen kneeling in front of a gold-fringed black Islamic flag of the type favoured by al-Qaeda, while an instructor apparently schooled them in how to assemble and disassemble assault rifles.
Another image showed two children who were firing weapons during target practice under the guidance of an armed adult.