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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group opposed to the Syrian regime, says Mohammad Qataa was shot in the mouth and neck a day after being seized.

Khan, Salma Javid.  “Syrian teenager Mohammad Qataa ‘executed by islamists for blasphemy’.”  The Muslim Times, June 11, 2013.

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BBC.  “Syrian opposition condemns killing of boy in Aleppo.”  June 22, 2013.

9 News World.  “Child executed in Syria.”  June 11, 2013:

“Where are his rights? He was a child! How could they kill him?

“They killed him right in front of my eyes … May God take revenge on them … I saw his blood streaming down,” she wailed.

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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Taliban militants beheaded two children in southern Afghanistan, a provincial governor’s office said.

Popaizai, Masoud and Joe Sterling.  “2 children beheaded by militants, Afghan authorities say.”  CNN, June 11, 2013.

The Taliban have denied involvement in the beheading cited in the above report, but there seems no question that the crime took place.  False flag or true deed, one would be hard pressed to find a more deliberately monstrous crime.

Contempt for an enemy’s life should have limits.

Muhammad Hassan Sultan, a slender brown-haired 12-year-old, became a postwar casualty when the shrapnel from a cluster bomb cut into his head and neck.

Slackman, Michael.  “Israeli Bomblets Plague Lebanon.”  The New York Times, October 6, 2006.

Children not only play or roam around abandoned battle space, they have a knack for getting in the way — or being placed in it.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism features a column on its drone strike page titled “Casualty Estimates” associated with drone and covert activities, and their numbers involving children are, of course, not pretty.

The United Nations tracks the fate of children in armed conflict through the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.  Here’s a paragraph of report from Central Africa:

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 58 children (23 girls and 35 boys between 2 and 17 years of age) were abducted by LRA in 2012. In contrast to previous years, they were used mainly as porters to carry looted goods, rather than to participate in attacks. Children continued to be victims of LRA attacks, however. In two separate LRA attacks, a girl and a boy were killed and a girl and three boys injured in Haut Uélé prefecture between January and May 2012. A case in which a girl was raped by LRA was documented in May 2012, while two other girls who escaped from the group in 2012 reported having been raped while in captivity. In total, 41 children (19 girls and 22 boys) escaped or were released from LRA during the reporting period. Between January and October 2012, LRA also attacked two health centres and three schools.

Back to Syria

This was posted by Today’s Zaman in November 2012:

Meanwhile, New York-based Human Rights Watch said that evidence has emerged that an airstrike using cluster bombs on the village of Deir al-Asafir near Damascus killed at least 11 children and wounded others on Sunday. Cluster bombs have been banned by most nations.

Yesterday’s news or today’s, the picture is more than grim, for the image of war in this dimension reflects most directly on the adults whose decisions failed to protect innocents, whether their own or others.