Afghan War News of the Day: A US soldier reportedly carried out a brutal slaying of at least 16 Afghan civilians early this morning in two small villages near his base in the country’s southern Kandahar Province.
“It appears he walked off post and later returned and turned himself in,” military spokesman Lt. Cmdr. James Williams said of the unidentified staff sergeant who is currently in custody.
According to eyewitnesses, the soldier walked into at least three homes in the villages of Balandi and Alkozai and fired at their occupants. Nine children and three women were among the dead, per the latest report.
The deputy commander of Afghanistan’s international troop coalition, Lt. Gen. Adrian J. Bradshaw, stressed that this was “in no way part of authorized military activity.” US officials further denied earlier reports that the shooting was perpetrated by more than one assailant.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai released a statement demanding an explanation for the attack, which he referred to as “an intentional killing of innocent civilians [that] cannot be forgiven.”
The Taliban issued a similar statement, admonishing “the so called American peace keepers” for “once again quench[ing] their thirst with the blood of innocent Afghan civilians.”
The US Embassy in Kabul attempted to diffuse the tension by releasing a statement expressing “deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” but experts say today’s incident may be the “fatal hammer blow on the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.”
President Obama’s drawdown plan has US soldiers transferring full security control to their Afghan counterparts by the end of 2014.
[photo: afp/getty via msnbc.]
That’s it. We’re done. Get us out of there. Pull us out immediately - I don’t care about withdrawal complications. It’s over.
YES YES YES YES YES.
this is the man i voted for, and who will most definitely get my vote again.
both are worth a read if you are (hopefullyyyy) following these stories. haha if you’re friends with me on facebook, i’ve been blowing up your news feeds with this stuff lately. <3
YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH BADGES TO PROTEST HERE
I don’t agree with Brad’s views on OWS but funny is funny guys…
Laughing To Keep From Crying of the Day:Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) is the latest person-who-should-know-better to ironically fall for a satirical Onion piece pointing out the crazy things pro-life people unchallengingly believe about Planned Parenthood.
Dear People of Louisiana,
You elected an idiot. Are you the least bit embarrassed? You should be. Having someone that stupid as your Congressman makes your whole state look stupid. It’s an election year, so you can do something about it. Get rid of Republican John Fleming. It’s that simple.
There isn’t anything that could be said for this.
Leading neuroscientists believe that the UK Government may be about to sanction the development of nerve agents for British police that would be banned in warfare under an international treaty on chemical weapons.
A high-level group of experts has asked the Government to clarify its position on whether it intends to develop “incapacitating chemical agents” for a range of domestic uses that go beyond the limited use of chemical irritants such as CS gas for riot control.
The experts were commissioned by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences, to investigate new developments in neuroscience that could be of use to the military. They concluded that the Government may be preparing to exploit a loophole in the Chemical Weapons Convention allowing the use of incapacitating chemical agents for domestic law enforcement.
Today, in “terrifying Orwellian tactics”, we discover that the United Kingdom is paying scientists to create a nerve gas to use on protesters that would be illegal to use on anyone else in the world. Don’t worry, though, I’m sure they’ll thoroughly test it and make sure there are no long term effects! It’s like Operation Ranch Hand all over again.
A Houston Police officer arrests a man for speaking his mind about the police (he says, “They don’t believe in freedom, they believe in authority,” and the police subsequently arrest him). When the crowd expresses outrage, that officer gets a shotgun and points it at the crowd.
No doubt in my mind. Police state.