/*PenDragn: Our Own Private Palestine: Young children fight U.S. troops in Iraq*/

9.27.2006

Our Own Private Palestine: Young children fight U.S. troops in Iraq

Read full report at USA Today. Interestingly there are many non lethal ways to control this.

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Shiite militias are encouraging children — some as young as 6 or 7 — to hurl stones and gasoline bombs at U.S. convoys, hoping to lure American troops into ambushes or provoke them into shooting back, U.S. soldiers say.

Gangs of up to 100 children assemble in Sadr City, stronghold of radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia, and in nearby neighborhoods, U.S. officers said in interviews this week.

American soldiers have seen young men, their faces covered by bandanas, talking with the children before the rock-throwing attacks begin — and sometimes handing out slingshots so the volleys will be more accurate, the troops said.