So-Called “Militias” That Are Indistinguishable from Terrorists, or Criminal Gangs

[The effort is now on to soften the blow of this deadly cut to the American psywar in Afghanistan, by describing the war crimes committed in Wardak and Logar simply as “unprofessional behavior” or “misconduct.”  How could it have been merely unprofessional conduct, when the actions described by the Karzai spokesman are clearly acts of terrorism, committed by men who had been trained and armed by the Special Operators who worked with the Provincial Reconstruction Teams, which are the cornerstone of the NATO strategy.  The activities conducted by the Special Forces Operators in Wardak and Logar were identical to past SpecOp-enabled tragedies.  The so-called “Self Defense Forces” of Colombia are comparable as an identical older example.  The “militias” that were created there were no more than thugs, just like those described to Karzai.  They strong-armed their fellow citizens, while hiding under a mantle of legitimacy, that was derived from their having been trained and armed by American Green Berets and Navy Seals, just like the “Los Zetas” of Mexico.  

Normally, American client states accept the basic barbarity employed by Washington’s Special Operators without daring to criticize American actions in the press.  The fact that Karzai has come forward and done this, implies that he is burning his bridges to the Americans and the perks which they offer.  Further Karzai actions have disrupted counterinsurgency operations in the eastern provinces, which made use of Pakistan’s TTP militants Mullah Faqir and Mullah Fazlullah as sledgehammers against the Pak Army (SEE:the Militants Floodgate Into Waziristan ), who operated in safety from Afghanistan.  All of these roadblocks to Special Operations in the east are in addition to the Karzai order for an end to airstrikes against civilian homes (SEE:  NATO to follow order to halt Afghan airstrikes),  adding-up to a clear and explicit Afghan rebuff to further American military actions.  What hand Pakistan has had in all of this is uncertain, but there is clear motive to either suspect that they might be retaliating for the American scrambling of Pak counterinsurgency, or working backroom deals to remove the obstacles to them settling the Afghan problem after we allegedly leave in 2014.]

A US Special Forces night raid in an Afghan family home in September, 2011. “Study: US Night Raids Aimed at Afghan Civilians (Obama Death Squads)

ISAF to investigate alleged U.S. forces misconduct in Afghan province 

Xinhua net

KABUL, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) — The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) will take on all allegations of misconduct of coalition forces in an eastern Afghan province, said an ISAF spokesman on Monday.

“ISAF is aware of the decision made at the (Afghan) National Security Council yesterday. We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and go to great lengths to determine the facts surrounding them,” spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz told reporters at a weekly press briefing.

In a meeting of Afghanistan’s National Security Council chaired by President Hamid Karzai on Sunday which discussed the security situation in the provinces of Wardak and neighboring Logar province, the president had tasked the Afghan Defense Ministry to make sure the U.S. special forces leave Wardak province within two weeks, according to a statement of the presidential palace said.

The statement said a team assigned by president Karzai found armed individuals named as U.S. special forces were engaged in ” harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people. “

The presidential statement also said that “effective from February 24, 2013 onward, the ISAF has to stop all its special force operations in Wardak province.”

Over the past few weeks there have been various allegations of U.S. special forces conducting themselves in an unprofessional manner in Wardak, Katz said, adding, “So far we could not find evidence that would support these allegations.”

However, he said that ISAF will work with representatives of the Afghan government to find a solution to the concerns of the citizens in the province 35 km west of capital Kabul.

“We regard the situation in Wardak as very serious and we will resolve it in full cooperation with our Afghan partners,” the ISAF spokesman noted.

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