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Sunday, March 11, 2012

'Rogue' US Soldier Kills 16 Afghan Civillians

The turmoil surrounding the recent Koran burning has been reported heavily in the media recently; it remains to be seen whether more tragic acts such as this will receive the same attention. Some will make excuses for the soldier, some will be shocked by the news. But why is it so surprising that training people to ruthlessly kill others actually leads such deaths?

A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed at least 16 civilians and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province, senior local officials say.

He left his military base in the early hours of the morning and opened fire in at least two homes; women and children were among the dead.

Nato said it was investigating the "deeply regrettable incident".

Anti-US sentiment is already high in Afghanistan after US soldiers burnt copies of the Koran last month.

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BBC News

Drew Martin,
Blogger, THL