UK sent ‘children’ to Iraq and Afghanistan despite Government ban

19/10/2011Daily Mail

The children were sent to ‘operational theatres’ between April 2008 and March 2010. Campaigners against use of child soldiers demand ministers end ‘outdated practice’.

Four British child soldiers have been sent to war zones – despite a Government ban, it was revealed last night.

Military chiefs ‘inadvertently’ sent the youngsters – all under 18 – to fight on the frontline.

It is understood the teenagers were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan where they risked being shot or blown up by homemade bombs.

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