File - A female rebel fighter of the Syrian Kurdish Popular Protection Units holds her weapon while keeping a position in the Sheikh Maqsud neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO/STR
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Syrian Kurdish forces have demobilised scores of child soldiers from their ranks over the past month, a Swiss group that works to save under-age fighters said Tuesday.The main Kurdish militia in Syria made a public promise in June to stop using child soldiers and halt their recruitment. Those children are cut off in a part of northern Syria where the Kurds are trying to stem an assault by jihadists from the Islamic State (which was formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant), which already controls swathes of Syria and Iraq.The number of child soldiers in Syria is unknown, but the Violations Documentation Centre, a organisation close to the opposition-in-exile, reported that 194 "non-civilian" children have been killed since September 2011 .
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