Dany, a 14-year-old fighter, whom activists say is the youngest fighter in the Khadraa brigade operating under the Free Syrian Army, chats with his fellow fighters in Deir al-Zor July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Militant Islamist groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising them a free education, a Human Rights Watch report said Monday.HRW said the number of children fighting in Syria was not known."Sometimes the commanders would say, "Allah chose you," and sometimes the fighters volunteered," Majed said, according to the report.Many children followed their relatives or friends into the armed groups, while others lived in battle zones without schooling or other options, HRW said. Human Rights Watch said some armed groups had taken steps to end the use of children in the conflict.
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