US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has violated a federal law designed to stop foreign military forces from recruiting child soldiers, State Department officials say, in what seems to be an unusual rebellion against the top American diplomat.
Over a dozen department officials charge that a June decision by Tillerson to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a US list of countries that used child soldiers was in breach of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing a confidential “dissent” memo.
Apparently, Tillerson made the move despite his department’s public acknowledgment of child soldier conscriptions in those countries, the report stated.
Removing the countries from the yearly list makes it easier for the US military to “assist” the countries in question, Reuters wrote.
American troops have long been present in Iraq and Afghanistan, allegedly training military forces there against terrorist…