The Iranian regime has sanctioned a new recruiting video aimed at youngsters in the hope that they enlist in the Syrian civil war as well as the fighting in Iraq.
The clip, which aired on Iran state television, shows children singing a song called “Martyrs who defend the sacred shrine.” As the children sing, images of youngsters holding guns and undergoing weapons training are interspersed.
The film also seeks to reassure young boys that they would also have the opportunity to “liberate Jerusalem.”
"Let's rise up to save the sacred shrine,” the lyrics of the son read. “I have joined [Imam] Hossein's army division. I have a warrant from the [Imam Ali] to defend the sacred shrine. On my leader [Ali Khamenei's] orders I am ready to give my life.The goal is not just to free Iraq and Syria, My path is through the sacred shrine [in Syria], but my goal is to reach Jerusalem."
Iran is supporting the forces loyal to its ally, President Bashar Assad. It is believed that upwards of 400,000 people have died since the civil war began over four years ago.