The U.S. military says insurgents are increasingly using children to carry out attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces.
military issued a statement Saturday documenting at least five
incidents in the last month in which Iraqi teenagers targeted troops in
northern Iraq. Some of the attacks involve young people who threw
grenades at security forces, others involve suicide bombings.
military officials condemn the involvement of young people, saying "to
endanger children with acts of terrorism is despicable." They say
insurgents recruit children to carry out attacks because of the reduced
scrutiny young people encounter from security officials.
U.S. military officials said a grenade attack killed an American
soldier the day before in Diyala province, north of Baghdad.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.