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US envoy to UN condemns Iran’s use of child soldiers

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley condemned the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Basij Resistance Force’s use of child soldiers to fight along with the regime’s forces in the region.

In a speech to the Security Council at a meeting held to discuss the situation in the Middle East, Haley said Iran was recruiting and training children as young as 12 “to fight and die in Iranian aggression abroad.”

The Basij Resistance Force is a trained military wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Haley added that since 2015, the Iranian regime has used the Basij to recruit and train Iranian children to fight in Syria to support the Assad regime.

Her comments came two days after the US announced new sanctions on the Basij and 20 other firms.

“This vast network provides financial infrastructure to the Basij’s efforts to recruit, train, and indoctrinate child soldiers who are coerced into combat under the IRGC’s direction,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The new sanctions are aimed at preventing the Iranian paramilitary force from recruiting and training child soldiers.