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Syrian Kurds demobilise 149 child soldiers, says rights group

A member of the Kurdish Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) stands in the Syrian Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain on November 21, 2013Syrian 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. A total of 149 militia members under the age of 18 have since been demobilised, according to Elisabeth Decrey Warner, head of Geneva Call. 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.

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