Of course any military engaged in hostilities will slaughter lots of children. That’s pretty much a given in modern warfare. However, the US government has at least expressed regret that children are killed in their attacks. They don’t really try to avoid it, but you haven’t heard the president say “Yeah we bombed Baghdad so we could kill a bunch of kids.”
That appears to be changing.
“It kind of opens our aperture,” said Army Lt. Col. Marion “Ced” Carrington, whose unit, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was assisting the Afghan police. “In addition to looking for military-age males, it’s looking for children with potential hostile intent.”