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A group of rogue U.S. soldiers allegedly began a months-long spree starting last January in which they randomly targeted and killed Afghan civilians and even dismembered some corpses as well as photographing them and hoarding skulls and human bones, the Washington Post reported.

The Post identified the soldiers as members of a platoon from the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade of the 2d Infantry Division. The paper said a subsequent investigation raised accusations that military authorities ignored warnings about that atrocities were being committed.

Army officials have declined to comment on the case citing an ongoing investigation. The accused soldiers have denied any wrongdoing, the Post said. Pre-trial hearings for those involved are due to start this fall at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, the home of the Stryker Brigade.

Charging documents said three killings had been carried out by five members of the platoon between January 15 and May, beginning with the slaying of an Afghan man who had been walking towards the soldiers. One threw a grenade on the ground to create the illusion that an attack was occurring and the soldiers opened fire on him, the Post said.

Seven other soldiers face charges relating to the case included hashish use, attempts to obstruct the investigation and retaliation against a soldier who tried to alert others to what was going on.
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Larry

This is no different than Police OFFICERS in America killing a Citizen with their side Arms or Riot Guns. SWAT is not a good thing, They burst out with no thought to killing a Man that provides for his Family. A Father, A Husband, A Kids Dad. This has taken place in Utah, A Church State. The A T General was happy with the results. Quite clear we have elected some wrong People to Office.

September 25 2010 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dixfiles

In order to convince you to kill another group of people. I must first convince you that those people are not actually people they are less than people, they are animals. It has happened in many wars. How do you ever fix that mind set when the soldiers come home? You don't many came back from viet nam "broken"? Republicans want to stop Social Security, invest medicare in stock market, and John McCain wants to give those who were injured in a battle a card to be treated for that injury. And forget that V.A. Vote Democratically, or be winnowed out!

September 24 2010 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
knarf714

I was in Vietnam in 69, 70 and 71 and never saw nor heard of such a thing. I can't imagine such a thing as there were more than enough NVA to kill nor would you want to draw unecessary attention to yourself by making unnecessary noise. We have no idea now of hwat happened and won't until the investigation is complete.

September 22 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobbie Garcia

The deliberate killing of innocent people can not be tolerated. If these events occured in the manner that has been described, then it was for fun not defense or protection. Actions like these tarnish the reputation of the U.S. military and is a slap in the face of soldiers who have given their lives for the freedoms that americans enjoy. The deliberate killing of civilians will work as a catalyst to grow Islamic extremism.....is that what people want? I do not think so. Any true patriot would speak out against these individuals...not support them or shrug their shoulder at their actions. The United States can not allow itself to let go of their ethical values...they are a part of the reason I believe the United States is the greatest nation in the world and will continue to be. Unless people allow themselves to accept cold blooded murder!!!!!

September 20 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
whatever560es

This is nothing new in a war zone, i was in Vietnam in 68-69 and the same thing went on over there.

September 20 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
trb2244

Unfortunately, atrocities happen in every war, on every side. Americans do not want to think our troops are capable of such actions, but war makes these things almost inevitable. Perpetators must be found, convicted, and punished, including the leadership, if any, which allowed it to happen.

September 20 2010 at 12:58 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
we love mario!!!

Alot of that happens in war. I have heard alot of stories from returning vets from Vietnam. They have done the same to Americans. War is war! No rules!!

September 20 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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bookstuboo

So this is what Americans have come to. No more American exceptionalism, if our enemies do it then we should do it. Don't you people see that our enemies have won if we start acting like they do? There is no excuse for deliberately killing innocent civilians.

September 20 2010 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Willie

Innocent till proven Guilty

September 20 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Bud

The area they are in is very evil,has been for ancients..they were possessed by demons who found them willing and unclean..Once you kill someone your unclean and guilty minded concious is an open market for demonic possession.Cause no one in their right mind could ever do something like that unless they are pure Evil.

September 20 2010 at 11:36 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
czmars

genocide will not be permited. all world nations must oppose such practice . prosecutions of such acts throughout recent wars are well documented. any nation including ours must not permit this murderous behavior by its armies or civilian populations. than you

September 20 2010 at 11:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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