Rogue troop: US promises full probe

2012-03-11 19:51

Washington - The US commander of the Nato-led force in Afghanistan vowed Sunday to hold "fully accountable" anyone found responsible for a killing spree by a US soldier that claimed 16 lives.

"I am absolutely dedicated to making sure that anyone who is found to have committed wrong-doing is held fully accountable," General John Allen, the commander of the international security assistance force, said.

Allen said he was "shocked and saddened" by the incident, which erupted early on Sunday when a US soldier walked out of his base in the southern Kandahar province and opened fire on men, women and children.

An AFP reporter at the scene counted the bodies of 16 people after the shooting rampage.

ISAF said a soldier had been arrested in connection with the incident, but did not say how many people were killed or wounded.

US-Afghan tensions had already plunged to a new low last month when the discovery was made that US troops on a work detail had burned Qu'rans during deadly riots.

"I offer my profound regret and deepest condolences to the victims and their families. I pledge to all the noble people of Afghanistan my commitment to a rapid and thorough investigation," Allen said.

"In the meantime, we will continue to offer medical care for those who were injured in this shooting.

"We will maintain custody of the US service member alleged to have perpetrated this attack.  And we will co-operate fully with local Afghan authorities as we ascertain all the facts," he said.

  • arthurbrigg - 2012-03-11 20:23

    Stupid yanks shouldn't be there in the first place. From what I've read elsewhere (away from mainstream media) this is fairly commonplace, especially concerning paid-for mercenaries hired by the US.

      Fred - 2012-03-11 20:32

      What do you suggest they do when Al-Quaida is using Afghanistan as a base to wage its war on them? And what do you think about the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of deaths and maimings INTENTIONALLY caused by Al-Quaida and the Taliban?

      Derek - 2012-03-11 21:19

      Fred, Al-Quaida is the myth that makes it possible for them to sell this atrocious war to you as justifiable. It a crime Fred, there is no justification.

      Leon - 2012-03-11 21:21

      idiot maybe you must stop reading and start thinking

      Fred - 2012-03-11 22:08

      Derek, you gotta wake up buddy. You're really out of touch if you you've missed the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS who've been killed by Al-Quaida and the Taliban in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and other places. Seriously, have you missed this? Did you miss 9/11 as well?

  • Fidel - 2012-03-11 20:32

    The whole US military is rogue, infact America is a rogue country, including the Nazi b@stard child. America, killing brown people since the 1600s!

      Richard - 2012-03-11 20:43

      The only rogue is you dog-drool,it might help if you had some idea of what you are talking about.Fidel says it all fool.

      Fidel - 2012-03-11 20:52

      You have the temerity of an imbecile when all you can do is penned one or two sentences of insult.

      Richard - 2012-03-11 21:10

      The words that you have used do not make sense,the only idiot is you,although it is quite probable(do you know what that means dickhead)that you are as stupid as I believe dog-breath.Have a nice day you uselessness.Do you know what those words you used mean?

      Anthony - 2012-03-11 21:26

      The only thing you can do well Fidel, is to spew HATRED AND RACISM You abuse the freedom others fought for !!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-11 21:45

      At least if you have to spread your bovine scatology have the decency to give the readers a warning! Muppetry of enourmous proportions.

      Anthony - 2012-03-11 21:52

      You are getting more pathetic by the day !! You are a RACIST AND FULL OF HATRED, and besides somr 50$ words, THAT'S ALL you go to offer!!

      Richard - 2012-03-11 21:54

      Go back to school and learn to spell properly,it helps also if the words that you use make sense.It only goes to prove that you really dont know what your talking about,have a great evening dogbreath.

      Anthony - 2012-03-11 23:43

      Fidel, ""bovine scatalogy"" !!!!!! Stop being soo pathetically chidish, rather go and make some money with it and go and work in a circus !! You are totally daft !!!

  • Derek - 2012-03-11 21:25

    US justice will be served, he'll get a dishounerable discharge......

      Fred - 2012-03-11 22:09

      Again, you really should inform yourself Derek.

  • Michael - 2012-03-11 22:09

    US Promises a "full probe". Now that should get Fred and Anthony excited!!

      Fred - 2012-03-11 23:33

      You're conspicuously absent from the threads about suicide bombings. Talk about being one-eyed. The Muslim mind will never evolve without the realization that these bombings are wrong, with effective action taken by Muslim leaders to end them.

      Anthony - 2012-03-12 05:01

      This was a tragedy beyond believe, by some crazed soldiers. Its exremely sad to see these lives lost. But is it not pathetic, that the harshest criticizm on this site, comes from the one who don't give a damn about the thousands of Syrian opposition members mowed down, by the assad regime. Playing politics with peoples lives!!!!! Now THAT is pretty sickening !!!!

  • Michael - 2012-03-11 23:12

    Dear Journalist, dear News24 Editor, please take note: It is alleged that this act was carried out by a single soldier, also known as a "trooper". "Troop" is a collective noun for a number of soldiers, its plural being "troops", which is a number of groups of soldiers.

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