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The United States has been providing strong backing to the PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) since the Barack Obama administration, and it will continue to promote YPG terrorism and its child soldiers according to a recent tweet by the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
Axar.az reports that, CENTCOM shared a tweet on its official Twitter account yesterday showing the YPG's child soldiers, saying that they are "ready for the fight." The tweet drew harsh criticism from certain quarters in Turkey, slamming CENTCOM for its support to terrorists and its whitewashing of the recruitment of child soldiers. It also shared a similar photo on Twitter on Monday showing the YPG child soldiers.
When queried, a statement by the defense department said the U.S. presently has no condition concerning age when supplying arms and weapons to groups in Syria, turning a blind eye to child recruitment by the YPG. In addition, a Pentagon official told Anadolu Agency (AA) that even though it was not acceptable for someone under the age of 18 to be armed and sent to a war, given "the situation in the region and the cultural structure," it was not surprising. He stressed that the U.S. only provides equipment to groups in Syria and asks them to fight Daesh only. "We do not look into who they recruit," he said.
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child states regarding the involvement of children in armed conflict: "Armed groups that are distinct from the armed forces of a State should not, under any circumstances, recruit or use in hostilities persons under the age of 18 years."
Responding to an AA question regarding the subject, Pentagon spokesman Naval Capt. Jeff Davis said that he had no knowledge regarding the issue. "I do not know if waging a war has an age limit," he said.
2017.03.01 / 09:36