CIA-managed forces in Afghanistan are reportedly conducting 'torture and killings with near impunity'

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      N2Doc
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      Afghan strike forces overseen by the CIA are operating with little care for preventing civilian casualties, a lengthy New York Times report details Monday, and their brutality has fostered local populations’ sympathy for the Taliban.

      The CIA-managed teams work “unconstrained by battlefield rules designed to protect civilians, conducting night raids, torture and killings with near impunity,” the Times reports, citing Afghan and American officials. “Those abuses are actively pushing people toward the Taliban, the officials say,” and as the U.S. military footprint in the country has declined from its 2011 peak of about 100,000, these “strike forces are increasingly the way that a large number of rural Afghans experience the American presence.” Unconfirmed reports suggest some raids may even include American operatives.

      Though the strike forces are considered more effective than their counterparts without CIA sponsorship, their successes against militants are mixed with ruthless but inaccurate targeting of innocent people. In one case, “two brothers were killed as they watered their fields before dawn after receiving permission from the local security outpost.”

       

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      Such a charming organization is the CIA. They either never learn or just don’t care.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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        “Though the strike forces are considered more effective than their counterparts without CIA sponsorship, their successes against militants are mixed with ruthless but inaccurate targeting of innocent people.”

        The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

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      salemcourt
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      I wish O’bama had done this.  He had over 100,000 troops in there at one time.

    • #6767
      3fingerbrown
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      that should never be questioned in its mission to spread democracy.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

    • #6794
      Punxsutawney
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      Not that we ever really gave a crap, but Freedumm…

      If this is the best we can do we need to leave immediately.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

      Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

      “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

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