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“UNITED NATIONS – Syrian troops and rebels are recruiting children to fight in the country’s civil war and some have been tortured by government forces for having links to the opposition, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a report on Wednesday.”  http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/UN-slams-Syrian-rebels-recruitment-of-children-316359

I touched on the topic of children in war — https://conflict-backchannels.com/2013/06/11/isw-children-in-the-war-news/ — spurred by atrocious reports of the murder of a young soul in Syria and a beheading of a boy by Taliban in Afghanistan (they didn’t take credit, but somebody did, and such comprises a crime unfathomable — and not “collateral damage”, that one, but some adult’s willful, premeditated act. # # #