American troops are killing and abusing Afghans, rights body says

This report in The Guardian American troops are killing and abusing Afghans, rights body says

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US troops in Afghanistan are operating outside the rule of law, using excessive force to make arrests, mistreating detainees and holding them indefinitely in a “legal black hole” without any legal safeguards, a report published today says.

Having gone to war to combat terrorism and remove the oppressive Taliban regime, the United States is now undermining efforts to restore the rule of law and endangering the lives of civilians, Human Rights Watch says.

Its military forces have repeatedly used deadly force from helicopter gunships and small and heavy arms fire during “what are essentially law-enforcement operations” to arrest suspected criminals in residential areas where there is no military conflict, the report says.

“The use of these tactics has resulted in avoidable civilian deaths and injuries, and in individual cases may amount to violations of international humanitarian law.”

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