Islamic state never reveals age of its operatives
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The security forces have stated that on the same evening that police has foiled the Kirkuk attack, a suicide bomber of about the same age struck outside a Shiite mosque in the city, killing six people and the devastating bombing at a wedding in southeastern Turkey has killed at least 50 people late Saturday.
Meanwhile the United States estimates that U.S. and coalition jets have killed 45,000 Islamic State militants since an air campaign began two years ago and the "cubs of the caliphate," as the Islamic State labels its child fighters, are being used to fill the gap.
It is stated that the Islamic State appears to be increasingly using young recruits for its most brutal missions, in the Iraqi province of Diyala earlier this year, a mother has told authorities that the Islamic State had recruited her 21 year old and 14 year old sons and that they were planning a suicide attack.