The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki have begun to use child soldiers in their fight against the Syrian government forces inside the Aleppo Governorate after the latter launched a large-scale offensive to capture much of the province’s northern countryside.
According to local sources, soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have reported a number of firefights in which children were being deployed by the Islamist rebels to help drive back the government forces.
Some of the children were described as “pre-teen” and unable to properly fire the automatic rifles they were being sent to battle with.
The latest child soldier to be killed in northern Aleppo was identified as Mohammad Qassem – he can be seen in the header, where he is pictured hoisting two automatic rifles.
Qassem was reportedly killed at the battle of Rityan yesterday when the government forces overran the Islamist rebel defenses.
It appears that a severe lack of manpower for the Islamist rebels has left them in a chaotic state that has their leadership deploying children to fight their battles against the Syrian government forces and their allies in northern Syria.