BLOW FOR U.S – SOLDIER KILLED MANY AFGHAN CIVILIANS
A rogue US soldier (picture not related) has killed more than a dozen civilians in a shooting spree in Southern Afghanistan before being detained, officials said on Sunday 03/11/2012. A member of the Kandahar provincial council who visited the site of the shooting in Panjwai district said reporters that at least 17 civilians were killed when the soldier left his base early on Sunday morning and opened fire. The incident occurred just 3 weeks after US soldiers accidentally burned pages of the Koran in Bagram airbase in Northern Afghanistan. At least 30 people were killed in protests, which followed the incident (see – koran row 02.21.12). Afghan resentment of USA forces was also provoked in 01/2012 by a video posted online showing U.S. Marines urinating on the bloodied corpses of slain Afghan insurgents — an incident condemned by the Pentagon.
Captain Justin Brockhoff, a spokesman for the NATO-ISAF could not confirm any fatalities in the incident. “This is a horrific incident, and our thoughts are with the families of the affected. Our initial reports indicate multiple civilians – between four and six- are wounded. Those civilians are receiving care at coalition medical facilities,” he said.Civilian casualties have been a major source of friction between President Hamid Karzai’s government and US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan. Anti-American sentiment had already been running high before news of the latest civilian casualties.
Najeeb Azizi, a Kabul-based Afghan analyst, said the incident will have deep repercussions on the already tenuous relations with the US.
On Friday 03/09/2012, Kabul and Washington reached a deal to transfer US-run prisons in the country to Afghan control (see also -Gitmo-Transfer 03.10.12).
- 03/2012 -6 MORE BRITISH SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
- 10/2009 -HIJACKED HUMAN RIGHTS
- 05/2008 -WESTERN DOUBLE STANDARD
- 2003 -ABU-GHRAIB ABUSE
Read more ;