Afghans: US soldiers killed sleeping young man, let dog maul his dead body


In this video, by Carmela Baranowska, Afghan villagers tell about the terrible things that happened when US soldiers came to their village, in Uruzgan province.

From The Mercury in Tasmania in Australia:

Claims troops let dog maul dead body

Article from: Agence France-Presse

From correspondents in Kandahar

June 19, 2007 10:02pm

AN angry Afghan family and a lawmaker said today that foreign troops had shot dead a young man who had been asleep on a rooftop overnight and allowed their dog to maul the corpse.

Neither the NATO- or US-led forces in Afghanistan could immediately confirm their participation in the incident, which residents said came as the soldiers conducted house-to-house searches in volatile Kandahar city at midnight yesterday.

The troops entered the houses by using small stick bombs to blow open the front doors, Kandahar provincial council member Besmillah Afghanmal said, citing the distraught family.

At one house the blast woke a 20-year-old man who had been asleep on the rooftop and he jumped up. Troops on the ground shot him, the legislator and relatives alleged.

Eleven people, including two of the dead man’s brothers, were arrested.

The young man, named Janan, was working as a tailor, his brother said at the house. He showed the body to reporters and pointed out tears in his clothes and claw marks and scratches from the dog.

Desecration of a corpse is deeply insulting in Islam.

“This is inhumane, this is cruel,” the brother, who gave his name only as Besmillah, said.

“This is an insult to the dead body, this an insult to our religion and culture.”

Relatives at the house for the funeral said President Hamid Karzai should do something.

“He must go, if he cannot at least stop the foreign soldier beasts from attacking innocent people sleeping in peace in their houses,” one furious man said.

Janan’s grandmother screamed and tore at her hair. “They invaded our country, now they even invade houses and women’s bedrooms at midnight,” she said.

The deputy director of police for the area, who was at the house to investigate, said the raid had not been co-ordinated with Afghan police.

“We were not informed,” said the officer, named only Najeebullah.

Mr Karzai has repeatedly called on foreign soldiers here to fight Taliban extremists to only conduct operations and house searches with the participation of the local security forces.

Afghans have regularly criticised the soldiers for the aggressive way in which they carry out searches.

There has also been widespread condemnation of the number of civilians being killed in Afghanistan, most of them in insurgent attacks, but also in international military action.

11 thoughts on “Afghans: US soldiers killed sleeping young man, let dog maul his dead body

  1. Foreign forces blasted for Afghan civilian deaths
    Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:05am ET137

    By David Fox

    KABUL (Reuters) – A group of Western and Afghan aid organizations in Afghanistan has launched a blistering attack on foreign troops for not doing more to prevent civilian deaths in their hunt for Taliban fighters and other insurgents.

    The Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR), which represents nearly 100 aid groups, also hit out at the Taliban for endangering civilians by hiding amongst them and for a spate of suicide attacks that have killed or injured dozens this year.

    The broadside comes after one of the bloodiest weekends since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001. Dozens of civilian deaths were reported, including seven children killed in an airstrike on a religious school where insurgents were believed to have been holed up.
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    ACBAR and other independent groups say foreign and Afghan forces have killed more than 230 civilians this year alone.

    “We strongly condemn operations and force protection measures carried out by international military forces in which disproportionate or indiscriminate use of force has resulted in civilian casualties,” the group said in a statement.

    ACBAR singled out U.S. troops operating outside the formal command of NATO, which leads the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) for Afghanistan.

    “Such operations have frequently been carried out by forces or agencies outside NATO command, often American forces in Operation Enduring Freedom, and sometimes in conjunction with Afghan forces,” ACBAR said.

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