More than 50 Daesh child soldiers killed in 2015: monitor

Published July 15th, 2015 - 03:38 GMT
The extremists have increasingly been using child soldiers to conduct executions or suicide attacks. (Screenshot)
The extremists have increasingly been using child soldiers to conduct executions or suicide attacks. (Screenshot)

More than 50 child soldiers fighting for Daesh (ISIS) have been killed so far in the first half of 2015, AFP reported Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has recorded the deaths of at least 52 child soldiers, all under the age of 16, who were part of Daesh's "Cubs of the Caliphate" program.

The children were recruits for Daesh's camp that brainwashed kids, providing military training and education. The Observatory said as many as 31 children were killed in July alone by regime and US-led coalition airstrikes.

Daesh has increasingly been using child soldiers to conduct executions or suicide attacks as recruitment remains a challenge for the militant group. Initially the child soldiers had been used mostly for guarding checkpoints and intelligence gathering.

In March Daesh released the first video of a child soldier executing a Daesh prisoner.


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