Child soldiers may be among IS-affiliated militants in Marawi

10 July 2017

The Philippine armed forces say there are now fewer than 100 Islamic State (IS)-allied fighters still holed up in the southern city of Marawi. But at the height of the siege, there may have been as many as 700, and among them are child soldiers. Almost seven weeks now and there's still no letup in military offensives against IS-allied fighters in Marawi. The use of child soldiers by IS-allied militants in the Philippines has actually been going on for years according to terrorism experts and the military.