Another HRW official, Bill Van Esveld, told Daily Sabah that "Human Rights Watch could not verify the ages of fighters shown in photographs recently posted to social media by US CENTCOM."
However, he said that the HRW "has documented the recruitment and use of child soldiers by YPG forces in 2015, and by PKK-affiliated forces in Iraq in 2016."
He asserted that "the US should ensure that allied forces comply with international laws that prohibit non-state armed groups from recruiting children."The U.S. considers the PYD and its armed wing, the YPG, an effective force in the fight against Daesh in Syria while Turkey, a NATO ally, argues that Washington has joined forces with a terrorist group. Washington has been slammed for the tweets that whitewash the YPG's child recruitment.