Thursday, August 26, 2010

A "kill team" for random executions of Afghan civilians

Soldiers from the Stryker infantry brigade also allegedly covered up those executions - in one case planting an AK-47 beside the body - and threatened anyone who dared to report them.

No, not WikiLeaks this time.
It's an internal US military investigation as reported in The Seattle Times :
Stryker soldiers allegedly plotted to kill Afghan civilians.
Randomly. War crimes. And not really very surprising.
But what struck me in the account was this detail about one of those charged who was already suffering from "traumatic brain injury sustained in four separate explosions" :
"To help him remain in Afghanistan, he was prescribed a cornucopia of legal prescription drugs that included anti-depressants, muscle relaxers and a sleep drug frequently used by soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder."

Good god.

1 comment:

Kev said...

No surprise here, this is the same military that as we learned from the Tarnak Farm incident requires it's pilots to submit to a regimen of uppers and downers lest they be grounded.

Besides are to believe that those who send our young to die based on lies, would actually care about their welfare, or for that matter anyone elses.

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