Actions taken by the US-led coalition against ISIS in recent months have led to a reduction in the territory in which ISIS are operating in, thus causing a decreased presence of terrorist members (as the foreign fighters return to their home countries), but a significant number of terrorist supporters persist within the narrow limits of ISIS operational activities. Many of them are men, but there are also a large number of women and children living as part of ISIS. ISIS leaders see children as a means of carrying out various combat and non-combat activities. In many conflict zones around the world, given their readiness and number, they are a key resource. Children are used as soldiers, human shields, intelligence, couriers and security guards.
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