Thursday, July 01, 2021
USA put Turkey on list of countries with child soldiers
The USA put the Turkey on the list of countries that entered the Use of child soldiers were involved. So that will first time a NATO member classified this way. Countries on this list are subject to restrictions on certain security assistance and licenses for military equipment, according to the US State Department – unless the US President explicitly waives them. The use of child soldiers in Syria and Libya is affected. Turkey is involved in the conflicts in both countries.
As a respected regional power and NATO member, Turkey has the opportunity to deal with the recruitment and use of child soldiers in Syria and Libya, explains the State Department in Washington. It notes in its report on human trafficking in 2021 that Turkey provided substantial support to the Sultan Murad division in Syria. This unit belongs to the opposition to the Syrian leadership and, according to the US, has long recruited and deployed child soldiers.