DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:25 P.M.) – Child fighters are once again a relevant topic when mentioning Syrian War, with images emerged in social media showing Saudi-backed Jaish Al-Islam (Army of Islam) group recruiting and training underages.
Reports indicate that islamists lure young boys with high salaries for participating in the battles.
Those, who agree to join Jaish Al-Islam, are being used at the frontlines against rival jihadists of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS, Syrian Al-Qaeda branch) and Failaq Al-Rahman (Rahman Corps).
Thus, the most recent occasion took place in the area of Asha’ri farms where 2 Jaish Al-Islam underage fighters were killed in a firefight against HTS. Both were under 16.
As practice shows, various armed groups participating in this war begin relying on child soldiers when the lack of manpower becomes sensible.
It appears that now this is the case with Jaish Al-Islam, too, as they are struggling to hold the frontlines in East Ghouta region of Damascus province against both Syrian Army and other jihadist factions.