U.N.: Iraqi children recruited as suicide bombers

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The United Nations says Iraqi children are recruited as suicide bombers by various militias and insurgent groups in the country.

Radhika Coomaraswamy, U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, says her recent five-day trip to Iraq convinced her that the country's children are "the silent victims of the ongoing violence."

Friday's statement comes almost three months after the U.S. military showed videos seized from suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq hideouts showing militants training children who appear as young as 10 to kidnap and kill.

Young children are rarely behind insurgent attacks in Iraq, though they have been used as decoys.


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