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Afghanistan: US Soldier Goes On Civilian Killing Spree. 16 Dead

Posted by The Agonist on March 11th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Terrible, horrific news from the NY Times and others this morning.

A United States service member walked out of a military base in a rural district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday and opened fire on three nearby houses, killing at least 16 civilians, including several children, local villagers and provincial officials said.

…In the statement, the United States military raced to head off Afghan outrage. “This is a deeply regrettable incident and we extend our thoughts and concerns to the families involved,” the statement said.

It went on to say that American forces, in cooperation with the Afghan authorities, would investigate the incident.

The killer walked back to his base and turned himself in. He is now in US custody, while both Afghan and Coalition officials are warning of another round of violent Afghan outrage at the continued abuse of their nation. Given the way in which casual killing of and pissing on the dead bodies of Afghans has been lightly treated by US military courts in the past, I won’t hold my breath that this murderer will be treated any differently. The US and its allies have become like a husband who says its all for her own good, while poor wife Afghanistan has all the bruises.

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