U.S. soldier kills Afghan civilians, officials say
March 11th, 2012
09:43 AM ET

U.S. soldier kills Afghan civilians, officials say

By Sara Sidner

KABUL, Afghanistan(CNN) - An American soldier left his base in Afghanistan and went from house to house in two villages, killing 16 people in their homes, a provincial official told CNN Sunday.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force confirmed that a soldier had gone off base and fired on civilians before turning himself in, but did not say how many victims there had been.

There has been confusion about the number of casualties since the shooting in Kandahar province, eastern Afghanistan, with different sources offering different numbers.

Regardless of the number of victims, the incident looks likely to inflame tensions still further between foreign troops and Afghan civilians, many of whom were enraged by the burning of Qurans by American troops last month.

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  1. Muneef

    Navy Hero Seal Sharpshooter Snipper Chris Kyle
    Killing over 260 Iraqi Women,Children and Elderly Iraqis;


    American Sniper

    A Poem By Darryl Mason

    "Kill one man, terrorize a thousand"
    the instructor had pointed to the sign
    on the wall at the school where I learned to kill
    Camp Pendleton, California
    it didn't have a fancy name, this school
    like 'tactical depopulation training'
    we called it what it was
    Sniper School
    three months training
    then they sent me here

    "Kill one man, terrorize a thousand"
    he smiled when he read the sign to me
    my scores were good
    he told me he was proud of me
    never heard a man say that to me before
    I see him now still tapping that sign
    to a roomful of kids who are now
    mostly dead
    or wounded

    April 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  2. dog4dog

    i feel like this is the time we watch platoon and hear hudson say "game over man", the mission is not one of attrition but one of training the afghani's so they can stand up for their defense once we leave, if it was one of attrition we would in the next 15 minutes scramble some fighters and attack the taliban forward bases in pakistan, we have had over ten years to do that (the whole taliban army escaped from the us airforce at tora bora), the mission is complete fubar, the soldiers have no chance at what the mission considers victory, the battle is now one of gang warefare, the whole arab world is having this so called "arab spring" all that means is a lawless region where terror thrives, the taliban has a safe zone where they conduct basic training, have chow halls, hospitals ad ranges to zero their weapons, the us soldiers are pulling a police duty over there, and that won't work, the war is now one of gangs from us spec ops who send 20 to 100 soldiers into the various third world countires and hunt the terror like the crips hunt the bloods, that is cheaper and less costly to the wives, children and parents who won't have to hear about their sones and daughters dying, the war in afghanistan is fubar, plain & simple

    March 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
    • dog4dog

      excuse me, watch aliens not platoon

      March 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  3. mark

    Well in less youve been a grunt had to watch as you freinds are killed and not allowed to fight back listen to your commander and cheif say im sorry for everything but not to the soilders familys troops are going to snap we dont have any true leaders anymore to the goverment there nothing but pawns so in less youve walk a mile in that mans shoes you all need to shut up

    March 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
    • mipolitic

      well mark the lark ,
      what does murdering women and children have to do with being a grunt, or anyone that is in the military of the usa ?

      walking in boots that have gone abroad and seen their fellow brothers fall in combat have been done by millions and all but a very. very ,very ,very ,very view have resorted to acts of terror . so the shoes that you refer to are not the boots of a soldier. if you wish to be a soldier perhaps you should join , or is it easier to sit back and talk about it ?
      what has happened is a vey serious event that has put many in a new danger , and being a soldier one never looses sight of the safety of his nations armed forces members , and today things have changed and our guys and gals are under a new hostility because of some demented freak , the service personell are in no way connecting themselves with this murderous mad man in any way and are most definately not making excuses for him such as you have done.

      March 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • dog4dog

      children dumbass, he just made more enemies, i imagine seeing his buddies shot wasn't so nice, prolly wanted to "waste the village", natural feelings, but you don't do that because you are a professional right, you are suppose to be a rightous warrior not a murderer, do you think he is going to burn in hell

      March 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  4. WTF

    They demand an apology from us and our President gives it to them but its OK for them to set off car bombs and kill Men ,Women and Children in places like Oslo,Norway.Is this a one way street whit these Ass Holes? SCREW ISLAM

    March 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Pepe

      Not all muslims are terrorist you know ...

      (I'm not muslim btw)

      March 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
      • mark

        yup keep thinking that way

        March 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
  5. mipolitic

    more results of broken leadership from the top down, this afghan thing is now vietnam and we must bring home our troops now.
    this guy most likely has suffered from a mental injury in the past that was ignored , however with that said this idiot did carry out a terrorist attack and needs to be hung.
    watch the main stream media dodge this story with short remarks only. obama will not be speaking on this. this is exactly what you get when you point your finger at your own guys for being the problem for burning the korans, the presure is more than some young people can handle.

    March 11, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  6. JP Martin

    As a vet of OIF and OEF, who continues to serve (next trip 2013) All I can say is that this "Soldier" should and will be punished to the hilt. He will also claim PTSD as a matter of defense, which we all know is BS, but the public has totally bought into, oh well. The victims all things considered, though tragic, are in reality better off whether you apply their ideology (their martyrs and go to heaven) or reality (their county, province, home, life, ect. are horrible and the only reason all Afghans don't commit suicide is because they don't know any different.) Soldiers are just like civilians in that a small minority commit crimes, it happens, civilians just arn't on CNN, or in a backwards 3rd world country when they go off the grid. I'll let you know how well "Vietnamization" is going when I go back for the 3rd time.

    March 11, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • Cindy

      You cannot speculate for any soldier, whether their PTSD is bullshit or for real. You being a soldier, you should know that each soldier will have a different reaction at facing the same event(s) as the next soldier standing next to him. PTSD has to be proved if it is used as a defense, I'm sure you know this. However, I'm sure that this soldier who is being accused of Afghan civilian killings already knows of his own fate when facing the military courts. It seems that civilians are always under the impression that the military soldiers get a slap on the hand, when in reality it's nothing like that. The military justice system is far beyond any civilians imagination.

      March 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
      • AlexShch

        "The military justice system is far beyond any civilians imagination..." - meaning WHAT? and WHICH WAY is it different?
        Please explain.

        All I see from the news is from time to time a soldier gets dishonorable discharge + 4 month prison term (commuted to the time already served while in detention during investigation and trial) for something like opening random fire and killing a dozen civilians. This, indeed, used to be beyond imagination in the past, but as of today we got used to it.

        Sometimes they are getting initially longer sentences, but then quietly let go after serving 1/3 of it: e.g., all Abu-Graib related people are already out for quite some time right now.

        This soldier, if believe to what is in the news, actually went house-to-house, so it is not a single burst to be easily written off to "fog of war", but we do not know the detail yet to judge.

        March 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  7. michaelfury


    March 11, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply

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