Afghan massacre, more than one ‘bad apple’, Karzai says

This video from the USA is called Afghanistan Massacre Fallout.

By Ben Chacko:

Karzai backs claim of US massacre cover-up

Friday 16 March 2012

Afghan President Hamid Karzai today backed claims that more than one person had conducted the massacre of 16 civilians which US forces have blamed on a single soldier.

At a meeting with relatives of the nine children, four men and three women who were slain Mr Karzai said villagers’ accounts of the atrocity were “widely different from the scenario depicted by US military officials.”

The president pointed to a villager at the meeting and said: “In his family people were killed in four rooms and then they were brought together in one room and set on fire. That one man cannot do.”

He also blasted the US for refusing to share information from its investigation into the outrage, which was conducted in two separate villages.

A government delegation sent to Kandahar to investigate had “not received the expected co-operation of the United States,” he said, adding that he would raise the issue with the occupying army “very loudly.”

Back at the presidential palace in Kabul Mr Karzai said the ever-escalating civilian death toll by Nato occupiers was intolerable and repeated calls made a day earlier for total withdrawal from rural areas.

“This has been going on for too long,” he said. “You have heard me before. It is the end of the rope here. This form of activity, this behaviour cannot be tolerated. It is past, past, past the time.”

The United Nations has found that 2011 was the bloodiest year yet in Afghanistan, with over 3,000 civilian deaths.

The president said he had received a phone call from his US counterpart Barack Obama asking if he meant what he said about withdrawing from the countryside and that he had replied: “Yes, I announced this.”

But the US military said it did not believe he meant it should withdraw from such areas immediately and refused to comment on his criticism of its investigation into the Kandahar massacre.

Mr Karzai has limited leverage with the occupying powers who enthroned him in 2004 and who gauge that his government has little chance of remaining in office once they are gone.

A Turkish military helicopter crashed into a house near Kabul yesterday, killing 12 soldiers on board and two children who were in the building.

Four Afghan civilians and 12 Turkish soldiers were killed in a crash involving a NATO-operated Turkish chopper. The vehicle came down on a house and burst into flames in the Bagrami district, close to the capital Kabul: here.

Afghanistan: Doubts cast on US massacre account: here.

Afghan Probe Finds 15-20 US Soldiers Involved In Kandahar Killings: here.

Within 48 hours of the Pentagon’s confirming the identity of the US soldier arrested for the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, there are mounting questions about the official explanation of the bloody events of March 11: here.

After Bales‘ Arrest, Military Tried to Delete Him From Web. David Goldstein and Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers: “Besides waiting nearly a week before identifying the Army staff sergeant who’s accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers, the US military scrubbed its websites of references to his combat service. Gone were photographs of the suspect, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, as well as a recounting in his base’s newspaper of a 2007 battle in Iraq involving his unit that quoted him extensively. But not really”: here.

In wake of Afghan massacre, tensions mount between US and its puppet Karzai: here.

Afghan Massacre: Pattern Of Savage U.S.-NATO Acts In Several Nations: here.

US troops are still sending Afghan people to prisons where they are likely to be tortured despite official promises that they would stop: here.

War Is Brain-Damaging: here.

Since the naming last Friday of the soldier charged with massacring 16 Afghan civilians, the media has sought to make this horrific crime comprehensible by delving into the history and personal problems of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, while studiously ignoring the criminal nature of the war itself: here.

Former Guantanamo Psychiatrist Promotes Dubious Drug Theory on Afghan Killings. Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout: “Using false information; faulty interpretation of documents and innuendo; and in one case, withholding key disclosures regarding their background, these authors took a serious issue – the dangerous psychiatric and neurotoxic effects of mefloquine on some people and the history of the use of this drug by the military – and twisted it to further an agenda that just happened to match US interests in limiting speculation about the Kandahar massacre to Bales”: here.

US Military Holding Kandahar Massacre Wounded Incommunicado: here.

Civilian Deaths In U.S. Wars: When Will They End? Here.