Islamist rebels in the Philippines are putting child soldiers on the front lines

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 4:18pm

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Since 2002, the US has backed the Philippines in fighting Islamist groups trying to take over tropical islands. Nearly 20 years on, and the rebels are still there, including a group called Abu Sayyaf, which sympathizes with ISIS, and can be just as vicious. Constantly evolving, the group is increasingly recruiting young boys to fight — and girls, too. The World's Patrick Winn reports on the case of a 12-year-old girl indoctrinated by Abu Sayyaf.