He also may have tried to defect from the Taliban after they lost the war and join up with the Afghan government.
Kids who were 11 in 2003 are now old enough to join up and get killed in Iraq in a "non-combat capacity."
Which is, Democratic operatives say, part of the reason to join up again.
c.1300, from stem of Old French joindre "join, connect, unite; have sexual intercourse with" (12c.), from Latin iungere "to join together, unite, yoke," from PIE *yeug- "to join, unite" (see jugular). Related: Joined; joining. In Middle English, join sometimes is short for enjoin. Join up "enlist in the army" is from 1916. Phrase if you can't beat them, join them is from 1953.