There are children aged between 16 and 17 at the education center set up by US forces in Adhamiya neighborhood of Baghdad. The children here had either of their parents killed. They are taught language, mathematics and how to use a gun by American military instructors.
It was reported that the orphans would guard checkpoints in the Sadr City, a predominantly Shiite neighborhood where anti-US resistance is strong. American military has frequent losses in this area.