Reid: Afghanistan shooting ‘was absolutely wrong'
March 11th, 2012
09:56 AM ET

Reid: Afghanistan shooting ‘was absolutely wrong'

By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday that the recent shooting of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier was "very very sad" and that "our hearts go out to these innocent people."

"One of our soldiers went into a couple of homes and just killed people at random – very very sad especially following that incident dealing with the Qurans," Reid, D-Nevada, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's just not a good situation. Our troops are under such tremendous pressure in Afghanistan. It's a war unlike no other war we've been involved in, but no one can condone or make any suggestion that what he did was right. It was absolutely wrong."

An American soldier left his base and shot Afghan civilians in Kandahar province, killing 16 people and wounding an unspecified number of others, provincial council member Haji Agha Lali said Sunday.

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  3. callinmclaughlin

    You dont just walk off a highly secure based, with fully loaded weapons! Thats the part that has be concerned the most, as it means, that there were more than just one person behind this! What the dude say to the guards..."Hey, Joe, goin out to kill a few civilians, be back in a few"! And if it did happen that way, the US Military, had better get hard core, and find out just what is goin on with this event. When any child dies at the hand of evil, its not good, and this just reeks of evil, and I do mean EVIL! This is a game changer for the US Military now, and it needs to be treated with the greatest of care, no lies, no propaganda, no coverup bullshit drug or mental crap. MURDER is MURDER, in uniform or out!!!!!!

    March 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  4. mimi jacques

    It is very tragic to hear that innocents have been slain in cold blood in their own homes in their own country by a soldier who allegedly is there to protect them under the guise of reconstruction of a civilian society. That US soldier was said in ISAF countries to have suffered a complete mental breakdown when rampaging in Alkozai village in Pahjadi district in Kandahar. He broke into 3 homes and slaughtered people by shooting them,burning them. etc. Are the US soldiers on hallucinogens? Its cheap over there- and everywhere- but they should know that the papaver somniferum plants have been infected/fungicided.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • mipolitic

      so reading bewteen the lines you are saying that this guy was on drugs , and that drugs is the blame for this guys brake down and not neglect by the military that ignored his mental heath issue that caused his brake down which resulted in his act of terror against women and children.
      please have a morsel of integrity and do not put a spin on this so that the white house can use drugs for an excuse rather than ignoring the mental health issue of their soldier that was neglected by supieriors..

      his peers will say they seen this coming if they are allowed to speak ! an action like this is seen by many before the event. just like the fort hood terrorist which was based on ideology rather than a brake down.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • mimi jacques

        No WH spin- only questions brought forward in ISAF news sites (the ones not belonging to NATO and whom DoD Panetta did not include in asking Afghan g'ment for protection). This staff sergeant also shot dead a barking dog – he went also to a seond village Najeeban and there shot 11 members of one family,poured chemicals over their bodies and lset alight. This is a premeditated act of slaughter. I was under tghe impression that ISAF has psycholigists,doctors on the ground for any mental health issues.

        March 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  5. Legman

    Does anyone know if the man who committed these crimes was in the same unit as the Asian American who committed suicide? It would speak to the overall atmosphere in which these men served.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  6. F B M

    Yeah........I can buy that he snapped, and that he is by no means representative of the armed forces as a whole, but he's gotta take the pipe, nonetheless.

    March 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  7. Ranger830

    What a shame this solider took it upon himself to sink to the Afghan level of barbarism! The thing that till now has seperated us from our enemy is the honorable way we as solider,many of us with multiple deployments have conducted our selves under the adverse conditions of war! The enemy does not play fair! The missions are not easy,danger is everpresent! This solider has let the Afghans win by stooping to their level! Where was his command on this? Someone had to have noticed the signs that this was gonna happen! Reguardless its a shame and a black eye on the face of everything we have shed bood sweat and tears to accomplish! For the people never remeber the good deeds done,only the mistakes that were made!!!!!!!! RLTW....... suck it up and drive on.....

    March 11, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • F B M

      So.........he..'sunk' the "Afghan level of barbarism", did he? Such condescension. Such arrogance. We decided to invade a 12th century culture, some of whom live in caves, dressed in robes and sandals. We have modern military technology – they don't. We have drones, which can be controlled stateside, air power, armor, superior fire power, ample food and clothing, medical capability, night vision goggles, thermal detection ability, snipers who can make a human head vaporize from a mile and more away. They don't. But my favorite........"the enemy does not play fair".....classic. The time tested lament of every school yard bully when finally put to the test.

      You whine like a Victorian Englishman.

      March 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
      • AnAmericanSoldier

        Wow... Apparently you have never been to war in this 12th century shit hole... Have a clue what you’re talking about from the comfort of your little white house in the suburbs. Quit pretending you have any idea what Military Men & Woman go through to protect each other not to mention you. Do we in the Military think its right to kill civilians…No we don’t for your information! We go through pain staking efforts not to. War is hell and shit things happen to good people! Get over it! I’ve lost a lot of good friends over here and in Iraq. Where’s your bleeding heart speech about that? But if you really want to know how these so called poor 15th century people fight. Get your ass in a uniform, get out of that pink tutu your wearing and see for yourself. Have you ever seen someone blow themselves up in the name of GOD? How about cut the nose off of a woman? Or the hands off a child? Well I have!! I guess as Americans we are all entitled to our options… yours is crap but hey, that's my option! (See how that shit works) Let me remind you of how and why you enjoy the freedoms you do…I think you said it very Eloquently..."air power, armor, superior fire power, ample food and clothing, medical capability, night vision goggles, thermal detection ability, snipers who can make a human head vaporize from a mile and more away." Because of these reasons you have Freedom... Because of these reasons you enjoy the right to speak your mind. Because of these reasons we aren’t fighting on American soil! Since you know everything maybe you should get a plane ticket over here so you can straighten everything out! Enjoy your dinner tonight in nice quiet Rocket, Mortar & IED free town!! Next time you should thank a Soldier or a family member of someone in uniform for volunteering their life so people like you can enjoy what we provide... FREEDOM!

        March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am |
      • Ranger830

        You sir dont know sh!t about anything! Yes I said their level of barbarism,I did not studder! These people will willingly blow an entire market off the face of the earth to possible kill a few ISAF/NATO personel with no reguard for civilian casualities ie. women children old people etc etc. These people routinly strap bombs to women and children against thier will and force them to detonate or else some sort of harm will certinly befall their families! People who cut the throats of children in front of their parents for precived capitulation with Govt. or American forces! You were right when you said we invaded a 12th centery country and their level of inhumanity shows it! Im not sure if you realize how stringent the ROE. Or rules of engaugement are and how we do our damdest to not kill civilians indescriminatly! So spout all you like my friend you are clearly the king of the couch commandos! LMFAO grow a sack and put your life on the line or STFU. RLTW........Everyday!!!!!!

        March 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • Buzzer

        Don't you think he's referring to the SPECIFIC individuals that carry out "barbaric" acts of violence on innocent civilians on a daily basis, by blowing themselves and others up? Why do you think these individuals do this to innocent people?Its called terrorism, which is the use of fear to coerce civilians into complying with their "demands"...this is "barbaric".

        Don't play stupid and twist it into a larger political argument on how the U.S. is somehow responsible for the "barbaric" behavior of certain segments of the Afghan population...that they're just "fighting back" a foreign invader and righteously doing so the only way they can...unless you think that since they're outmatched on the battlefield when they stand toe-to-toe with our troops that the resorting to killing of innocent civilians to get the population to "fall in line" is a justifiable course of action to take?

        This individual was just stating the obvious and he wasn't whining, hence his final comment on "sucking it up and pressing on".

        March 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  8. mipolitic

    this guy was mentally broken and his military health records will show he has had some type of injury in the past that is on a emotional level which has mentally twisted his view of reality .

    however with that said this guy did carry out a terrorist attack and like the fort hood shooter obama gang will call this a work place incident .
    since this injury was a mental injury which we cannot see on a physical level this is the result of the failure to care for usa military personell. what ever the history is that may or may not be revealed to us does little to the victims of this act of terror.
    this guy needs to hang , sorry! what now ? this will result in more inner attacks. this afghan thing is looking more like vietnam each week , get our troops out.

    March 11, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
  9. armyveteran

    he is a serial killer and mass murderer. let the afghan people have him. do not bring him state side.

    March 11, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
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    March 11, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply

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