Discussion » Nonsense » Civilian shootings increase US-Afghan tension

  • 王经纬
    王经纬 wrote:
    <p>March 12 (Xinhuanet) --</p> <p>A US soldier is being held after killing at least sixteen Afghan civilians in a shooting rampage in Kandahar province. NATO officials have apologized for Sunday’s attack, saying they’ll investigate the incident. </p> <p>The killings are likely to further strain relations between US forces and their Afghan hosts with Afghan President Hamid Karzai branding the incident as "international murders". </p> <p>The shootings took place in an Afghan village close to a US military base in the southern province of Kandahar.</p> <p>Most of the victims were women and children shot in their homes.</p> <p>South Afghanistan government representative Asadullah Khalid said: "Some people have been martyred in their houses. Eleven people have been killed in one house alone. Two people have been wounded and one killed in another house. So far, we know that 16 people have been killed. The wounded are at the airport hospital."</p> <p>NATO says the motive for the shooting is unclear, although there are reports that the lone soldier suffered a nervous breakdown. NATO says it’s investigating the incident.</p> <p>ISAF spokesman General Carsten Jacobson said: "All we know so far is that he left the base, he returned to the base after the incident, was taken into custody straight away and the investigation is ongoing, which will include what was the reasoning and what were the circumstances of his doings."</p> <p>With anti-US sentiment already high in the country following the burning of copies of the Koran in February, the shootings look certain to deepen already strained ties between US forces and their Afghan hosts.</p> <p>The top US commander in Afghanistan says he’ll discuss the incident with the Afghan President soon. Meanwhile, the US ambassador to Afghanistan has offered his condolences.</p> <p>US ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham said: "We are saddened by this violent act against our Afghan friends...The incident is under investigation and a United States service member has been detained. We are committed to an enduring relationship with Afghanistan to obtain greater peace and security in the region, which is our common interest...We assure the people of Afghanistan that the individual or individuals responsible for this terrible act will be identified and brought to justice."</p> <p>The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned the killings, calling them ’international murders’, and demanded an explanation from NATO.</p> <p>He called the shooting "a very unfortunate and shocking incident."</p> <p>Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry said a "high-profile delegation" from the ministry had travelled to the area and that a special team had been assigned to investigate the incident.</p> <p>Many are waiting to see if public anger will ignite into protests, as they did in last month. Anti-US sentiment appears to be on the rise in a country still suffering after more than a decade of war.</p>
  • 王经纬
    王经纬 wrote:


  • №❶ Passioη

    Obama was right after all... US troops should have been withdrawn before 2012...

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    It just makes me wonder how often this shit happens without making news.

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)


    Hahahahaha ... you are supposedly the expert ... right?

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