UN report says children being brought into Afghan war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Children are being recruited as fighters by nearly all sides in Afghanistan's war.

That's according to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who says children are serving as fighters for Afghanistan's security forces and for insurgent groups. And he says the Taliban are using young people as suicide bombers. The U.N. leader is calling on all factions to stop exploiting children.

In his first report to the Security Council on the impact on children of Afghanistan's war, Ban also spoke of a "worrisome increase" in the number of children who are victims of militant attacks on civilian targets.

And he said an "ever increasing number of children" are killed inadvertently by international and Afghan forces. He called on U.S. NATO and Afghan troops to adopt rules of engagement with special measures protecting children.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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