U.S.-funded Somali intelligence agency has been using kids as spies

MOGADISHU, Somalia — For years they were children at war, boys given rifles and training by al-Qaeda-backed militants and sent to the front lines of this country’s bloody conflict. Many had been kidnapped from schools and soccer fields and forced to fight.

The United Nations pleaded for them to be removed from the battlefield. The United States denounced the Islamist militants for using children to plant bombs and carry out assassinations.

But when the boys were finally disarmed — some defecting and others apprehended — what awaited them was yet another dangerous role in the war. This time, the children say, they were forced to work for the Somali government.

  • jack burns

    “Somali Intelligence Agency”. Think about it.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Much IQ.

    • Exile1981

      advanced classes in shoe lace tying and teeth brushing are only open to the top 5% of students.

  • marty_p

    Based upon the posted picture – no wonder Somalis think TCHC is paradise.