The massacre of 16 villagers by a U.S. soldier triggered angry calls from Afghans for an immediate American exit even as the Obama administration vowed on Monday that the killings would not alter U.S. plans for the war.
The gist of this article is this; a soldier went off the deep end, and walked over a mile from his base in order to massacre 16 civilians, including small children. He then dragged all the bodies into one room and set them on fire. Mind control? PTSD? Simply evil? Who knows… but there has been a strange frequency of events that turn the locals into mobs.
Just days before Sunday’s attack, Kabul and Washington had made significant progress in negotiations on a strategic partnership agreement that would allow American advisers and special forces to stay in Afghanistan after most foreign combat troops leave at the end of 2014.
But securing a full deal may be far more difficult now after a U.S. Army staff sergeant walked off his base in the southern province of Kandahar in the middle of night and gunned down at least 16 villagers, mostly women and children.
“This could delay the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement,” an Afghan government official told Reuters.
The attack was the latest incident to ignite Afghan anger at the United States, coming on the heels of U.S. soldiers’ burning of copies of the Koran on a NATO base last month, and other incidents that have intensified America’s perception problem in Afghanistan.
U.S. President Barack Obama and his NATO partners intend to pull most of their troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, leaving an inexperienced local army in charge.
Officials in Washington denied suggestions that the killings might alter U.S. plans.
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