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US military ‘poor’ at investigating civilian deaths in Afghanistan: Amnesty | TBIJ

Members of a family who lost five relatives in a drone strike in Nuristan province on December 5 2012 (Amnesty/Joanne Mariner)

Members of a family who lost five relatives in a drone strike in Nuristan province on December 5 2012 (Amnesty/Joanne Mariner)

By Jack Serle

The US military’s record for investigating war crimes and prosecuting suspected perpetrators in Afghanistan “is poor”, according to a new Amnesty International report.

The US appears to have made little effort to document or record what happened in nine of the 10 incidents that Amnesty believes “raise concerns about the unlawful use of force” and were investigated for their report. Eye-witnesses to these nine attacks say they have never spoken to US military investigators. That is despite one incident, a 2010 special forces raid, involving “abundant and compelling evidence of war crimes”.

Amnesty investigators are aware of only six cases in five years where members of the military have been “criminally prosecuted for unlawfully killing Afghan civilians”.

For more on this story, visit: US military “poor” at investigating civilian deaths in Afghanistan, reports Amnesty International | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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