Child solider KIA
[...] Moscow, Damascus's main ally, has stepped up bombing around the Syrian city of Aleppo in recent days, facilitating a government offensive that has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee to the Turkish border.
Kerry accused the Russian military of using "dumb bombs."
"They are not precision bombs, and there are civilians, including women and children, being killed in large numbers as a consequence," he said, during a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
Russian planes are also targeting hospitals and returning to bomb people rescuing those wounded in earlier air strikes, he added.
"This has to stop", Kerry said. [...]February 6, AMN:
Rebels deploy child soldiers to fight in northern Aleppo
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 [above photo], 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.I'll tell you what has to be stopped, Secretary Kerry. My government. But there's no one to stop you, is there? So the American government will go on carrying out "regime change" in my name, the name of this American and all Americans, against governments that are too weak to fight back, as the body counts rise and rise and rise and rise until the blood of innocents turns to rivers.
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 allies in northern Syria.