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The Intercept: Special Ops Killing of Pregnant Afghan Women Was “Appropriate” Use of Force


By Jeremey Scahill, via. The Intercept

An internal defense department investigation into one of the most notorious night raids conducted by special operations forces in Afghanistan — in which seven civilians were killed, including two pregnant women — determined that all the U.S. soldiers involved had followed the rules of engagement. As a result, the soldiers faced no disciplinary measures, according to hundreds of pages of Defense Department documents obtained by The Intercept through the Freedom of Information Act. In the aftermath of the raid, Adm. William McRaven, at the time the commander of the elite Joint Special Operations Command, took responsibility for the operation. The documents made no unredacted mention of JSOC.

Although two children were shot during the raid and multiple witnesses and Afghan investigators alleged that U.S. soldiers dug bullets out of the body of at least one of the dead pregnant women, Defense Department investigators concluded that “the amount of force utilized was necessary, proportional and applied at appropriate time.” The investigation did acknowledge that “tactical mistakes” were made.

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  • JD

    CAIR‬-Dallas Welcomes Garland PD Investigation of Attempted Murder of Muslim Activist
    (DALLAS, TEXAS, 6/10/16) – The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council
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    Omair Siddiqi, who works for CAIR-DFW as an
    outreach coordinator, reports that he was followed out of a Richardson,
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    The man driving the pickup reportedly pulled
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    allegedly tried to run the Muslim activist off the road, almost causing
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  • JD

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  • Friend of Bosnia

    You must be careful with that. While it is true that in war horrible things happen there is still the distinction between aggressor and attacked. The serbofascists are always whining about how Serb victims are never mentioned and saying all the time “all sides committed crimes”. OK, admitedly so, but that’s not the point. The longer war goes on the more beastly all participants become. The Nazis had the Commando and Commissary orders (to shoot commandos and Soviet political commnissars taken prisoner out of hand; not to forget the Holocaust); Churchill proposed that all Wehrmacht offficers with the rank of major or higher be shot out of hand (well, they didn’t do it after all). American soldiers behaved beastly to Japanese POWs. Dresden, anyone? Hiroshima and Nagasaki? So yes, “all sides committed crimes.” That can’t be denied. But not all sides are equally guilty. The Germans attacked Poland and conquered half of Europe. The Japanese attacked the Americans and British, not the other way round. And the Axis powers had agendas which included Joint Criminal Enterprises. I don’t think the Allies had such (except Stalin of course).
    So we must be careful; a statement such as “in war horrible things happen” is basically correct but can be misused by the aggressors to justify and/or relativize their crimes.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Yes, but when war is forced on you? Maybe the best is to be prepared to repel a military aggression but you should never start one yourself.

  • mindy1

    I guess I just don’t like second guessing. I am not saying it’s good, just that in war horrible things happen, which is why we should not go to war unless really necessary.

  • Awesome

    The US government has generally always allowed its police force to get away with murder and to cover it up, whether it’s the domestic brand or the exported variation that they refer to as the “US military”. For them, law and justice are always afterthoughts when they are an inconvenience, and are always the rallying platform when they are useful. It is just a facade of hypocrisy to conceal their “rule-by-fear” M.O. and unfortunately for them, “rule-by-fear”, by its very nature, is always doomed to failure in the long-term.

  • Joey Sanders

    You mean like it is not “torture”. It is “enhanced interrogation techniques”.

  • mindy1

    Sad all around, but unless you were there it may not be “murder”. The best way to avoid such horrors to not go to war unless ABSOULUTELY necessary.

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