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Islamic Militants Use Children as Soldiers

At least 400 Syrian children have been recruited by the jihadist Islamic State since the start of the year in an enlistment drive partly designed to make up for a shortfall in foreign fighters traveling to join the extremist group, say local political activists. In order to secure more child soldiers, the Islamic State has been opening branches of a youth wing, known as “Ashbal al-Khilafah,” or cubs of the caliphate, beyond its stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa to...

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