Children being recruited to fight in Syria

by Mike Levitt
edited by Bryce Johnson

(Photo: New York Times)

Afghan refugees, as young at 14 years old, are being recruited to fight for Iran to combat ISIS, according to the New York Times.

A prominent human rights organization, the Human Rights Watch, reported that Iran is recruiting teenagers fleeing from Afghanistan, to fight in Syria against ISIS, which has led to several of them dying in combat.

International law stipulates that the minimum age requirement to fight is 18 years old. Also, it is a war crime to train or deploy soldiers who are younger than 15 years of age.

“It does not appear to be a deliberate policy to recruit children…It’s more of sloppiness that the authorities and recruiters don’t care enough to ask for proof of age.” said Tara Sepehri Far, a researcher for Human Rights Watch.

The teenagers fight for the Fatemiyoun, a division of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards who are fighting in the war against ISIS and is comprised exclusively of Afghan immigrants.

 

 

One Response to Children being recruited to fight in Syria

  1. This is interesting yet sad.
    Nice article – thanks.
    Jay Fallon

    jay fallon October 6, 2017 at 8:04 am Reply

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