Taliban recruiting children as soldiers in Afghanistan’s Ghor province: officials

, 9:35 AM IST
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers patrol at an outpost in Helmand province, Afghanistan in this December 25, 2015 file photo. The surprise withdrawal of Afghan forces from parts of Helmand province this year handed the Taliban large swathes of the volatile southern region but the move has helped its overall defence, the country's top defence official said. REUTERS/Abdul Malik/Files

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Local officials in Afghanistan’s Ghor province have said that the Taliban militant group and other irresponsible militant groups are recruiting children as soldiers to fight for the group.

The provincial Independent Human Rights Chief, Zabiulalh Jawad has said that they have credible evidences and documents to prove that Taliban are recruiting children, reports Khaama Press.

Provincial governor’s spokesman, Abdulhai Khatebi even confirmed the remarks by the Independent Human Rights Commission and said the group is actively recruiting children in the areas under their control.

Reports emerged from the eastern Nangarhar province that the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are forcing the children and young men in the districts under their control to fight for the group.

Young women and girls are said to be forced into marriage by the group. (ANI)