In his first public reaction to the scandal, Hamid Karzai said he wanted to ensure ordinary Americans knew about an alleged rogue army unit “kill team” accused of murdering Afghan civilians and mutilating their corpses.
Karzai said he was disturbed by the accounts in US media of American soldiers deliberately killing children and elderly Afghans who posed no threat to them.
“They killed our youths for fun, they killed old people, they even planned to kill children,” Karzai said in a speech to a group of newly-qualified teachers in Kabul.
“I want the ordinary American people to hear my voice and to know that Afghans old and young are being oppressed in their name.”
Rolling Stone magazine this week published a series of graphic images and a long story including extensive detail of the allegations against the American soldiers. ...
“I read all nine pages last night. It was a heart-rending story,” said Karzai.
“May God punish them.”
Don't miss Rolling Stone's special report on how a "kill team" of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses – and how their officers failed to stop them; includes an exclusive look at the war crime photos and disturbing videos censored by the Pentagon.