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US soldiers play the most dangerous game

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It seems that  a few bad apples have spoiled the already fragile reputation of American troops in Afghanistan.

Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret “kill team” that has been accused of blowing up  civilians, shooting them at random and collecting their fingers as trophies.  Five of the solders are charged with murdering three afghan men who were allegedly  killed for sport in separate attacks this year. The rest are accused of covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who exposed the murders when he reported abuses, which include smoking hash stolen from locals.

According to court documents, discussion of forming a kill team began upon the arrival of Staff Sergent Calvin Gibbs to the Stryker infantry brigade at a forward operating base called Ramrod in southern Afghanistan last November.

Investigators say Gibbs, 25, came up with the plan with Jeremy Morlock, 22, and other soldiers. In the following months they allegedly killed at least three civilians. One charge includes an episode where a man called Gul Mudin was killed by shooting him with a rifle  then throwing a grenade at him afterward.

According to court documents, Morlock told a soldier that the killings were for fun and threatened him if he told anyone.

Now every war has its horror stories where a group of disgruntled soldiers decides to take advantage of their situation as protectors to abuse those that are innocent. If found guilty these soldiers should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Events like these only act to exacerbate the already complex situation on the ground during the deadliest year for US forces in Afghanistan. Our soldiers are our representatives abroad, and the last thing The our armed forces needs is another reason for someone to become a terrorist.



Written by lollingvagabond

September 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. When I read that these men were collecting fingers as trophies, I immediately thought back to what I’m currently learning about in my African American literature class. Back during slavery times, white men would cut off and collect the fingers of black slaves that they had killed, and would use their collection to boast about the number of slaves they had murdered. I had hoped this was just another horrific story from slavery times and that this act was no longer practiced. It’s hard for me to believe that men today are still carrying out this horrible action against other races and cultures.


    September 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

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