FBI: Afghan civilian killings could spark attacks in U.S.
Afghan students protest the killing of 16 villagers allegedly by a U.S. soldier
March 15th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

FBI: Afghan civilian killings could spark attacks in U.S.

By Carol Cratty

The alleged murder of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier could spur retaliatory violence in the United States, a law enforcement advisory by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned.

The intelligence bulletin, which was issued Wednesday to state and local law enforcement partners, says "there is currently no specific, credible threat information" that extremists might strike targets in the United States.

However, the document, which was obtained by CNN, notes the March 11 killings of the Afghans is the latest in a series of events in Afghanistan that could cause anger and possibly lead to violent action.

"The FBI and DHS are concerned that this event could contribute to the radicalization or mobilization of homegrown violent extremists in the Homeland, particularly against U.S.-based military targets," the bulletin said.

The document notes that the soldier suspected of committing the killings is based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, and states that in the past, extremists have viewed military sites as "legitimate targets for retaliation in response to past alleged U.S. military actions against civilians overseas."

The law enforcement advisory also lists other recent events in Afghanistan that could incite violence in the United States, including the February burning of Qurans and other religious texts by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and a video that surfaced in January which appeared to show U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters.

The Quran burning sparked protests that left as many as 40 people dead, including six U.S. servicemembers.

U.S. officials also have promised a full investigation into the deaths of the 16 civilians.

According to the bulletin, it's unlikely that any one of these events alone would lead to violence in the United States, but it noted they will be used in "violent extremist propaganda and could contribute to an individual's radicalization to violence."

The FBI and DHS called on local law enforcement to be vigilant for possible violence, particularly against U.S. military targets.

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  1. News Skeptic

    Based on the leaks... I am not so sure this wasnt some type of planned mission gone arwy and now the U.S mililtary is playing CYA and throwing this guy under the bus...

    March 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  2. mick

    yer you fucked up mate but shit happens aye? its time we all left the killing of children women and everybody else to the taliban and afghan men.let them rot in their own slop i say.the western world would be better off giving these islamic countries short ranged nuclear weapons and just let them finish themselves off for the good of the planet once and for fucking all.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  3. mick

    i see these marchers are really angry.have a go at the ones leading the procession,they seem to be having a good laugh.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • jim

      probably all smoked up

      March 16, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  4. over the edge

    this will be the crack in usa justice standards on the world stage if this is allowed to turn into an excuse.

    they have the one that carried out the act of terror against these women and children , and they should be pleased that they have him in custody rather than seaching for him because that would even be worse. the only thing this freak should have done was to end himself in the face of what he did . he did not have the guts to do that , but that in no way should stop the usa from having the guts to end this with swift justice.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
  5. Curseislam

    For Human Being Sacrify islam Sacrify muslim:
    Destroy islam Punish muslim Punish arab!!
    Destroy islam Punish muslim Punish arab!!
    Destroy islam Punish muslim Punish arab!!
    See The Better World Without islam.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
  6. Portland tony

    Let this man have his day in court before making judgments about his motivation, physical or mental impairment, and punishment. He has a good attorney and because of the publicity generated will get a fair hearing. If he's being held a Leavenworth, he'll be in a safe environment.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • Portland tony

      That's AT Leavenworth.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
  7. concerned citizen

    Stop fighting Israeli wars my good comrades.

    You owe them nothing. Not your pity, and certainly not blood and treasure.

    Tragic things if this sort will continue, as long as we bloody our hands on israels behalf.


    March 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  8. mipolitic

    could is very low i think if the usa deals with this mad man swiftly . if this guy is allowed to play the roll of victim of a mental injury or any other excuse perhaps the risk will greatly increase for nato troops over there. this guy is the guy that did the deed so lets bring the result of his actions quickly upon him.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • concerned citizen

      Hold your tounge. You are no judge to speak of justice to a man to has risked his neck for duty.

      These things have happened in every war. Ever heard of dresden, hiroshima?? Civillians.

      March 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • TBI

      The Soldier was diagnosed with a tramatic brain injury. I understand he did commit a serious crime, but he never should have been there. Medical personnel told the chain of command their concerns; however, someone chose to ignore. I think there should be some leniency in this case....I'm just not sure how.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
      • concerned citizen

        Well said.

        Some responsibility lies with commanders, but certainly not all of it.

        March 16, 2012 at 2:00 am |

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