A leading international rights group on Wednesday accused Syria's main Kurdish militia of continued violations of the ban on child soldiers, despite some progress to stop using boys and girls under the age of 18 in fighting.
The militia has been the main force fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and captured wide areas of northern Syria along the border with Turkey from the extremists this year.
Human Rights Watch said the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, and its women's branch, YPJ, are not the only offenders among Syria's armed groups.
"The YPG promised to stop sending children to war and it should carry out its promise," said Fred Abrahams, HRW's special adviser, adding that fighting militants such as the Islamic State group is "no excuse to tolerate abuses by its own forces."
In 2014, YPG signed a "Deed of Commitment" with the non-governmental organization Geneva Call, pledging to demobilize all fighters under 18 within a month.
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