(Child Soldiers International) – In Afghanistan’s increasingly brutal war, children are fighting on both sides. We’re calling on the Afghan government, and the US government – which provides substantial military aid to the country – to do more to end the use of child soldiers. In late 2015, our researchers met some of the Afghan children risking life and limb on the front lines. As well as accounting for almost a third of civilian casualties in the first half of 2016, children have been recruited by the security forces to conduct counter-insurgency operations, and by the Taliban and other armed groups to plant bombs, and even carry out ‘suicide’ attacks.