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Exclusive – State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers

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Federal law forbids the United States from giving military aid to countries where children as young as 5 years old are kidnapped and forced to fight in armed conflicts as child soldiers. Despite this, Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson deliberately left known offenders Iraq, Afghanistan and Myanmar off the official list against unanimous advice from the State Department’s regional heads, lawyers and human rights office, making it easier to provide them with military assistance.

Exclusive – State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers

A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters.

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