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No one knows for certain how many underage fighters are participating in Iraq’s civil war. The official recruitment age for Iraq’s army is 18. Shi’ite militia which fight alongside government force also say they do not recruit children. But with Sunni insurgents sweeping across the country and thousands of Shi’ites answering a cleric’s call to take up arms against them, there is anecdotal evidence that child fighters are being sucked into Iraq’s sectarian war.

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