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Will Civilian Killings Cause U.S./Afghan Fallout?

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Published on Mar 12, 2012

BY CODY LAGROW

ANCHOR LAUREN GORES


Threats of a U.S./Afghanistan fallout after an American soldier allegedly shot and killed 16 Afghan civilians.


"Reports say he left a military base in the Kandahar province and gunned down families inside of three homes."



"Tensions were just starting to ease following the unintentional burning of Muslim holy books last month."



"It puts U.S. and Afghan relations in crisis mode. And already, the Taliban is vowing revenge."


CNN reports the Taliban called U.S. forces "sick-minded savages" and vowed to exact revenge for the killing of 16 civilians. Prince Abdul Ali Seraj said this plays right into the Taliban's hands.


"They are trying to get to the hearts and minds of the Afghan tribal people to tell them, 'I told you. The coalition was not here to help you, they were here to kill you. Therefore, you must side with us and not them.'"



A reporter on MSNBC predicts Afghans will take sides. She explains why Americans should expect backlash from the Afghan people.



"When these pictures get out of young children with bullet holes in their head, going out to different parts of Afghanistan, it's not going to bode well to the westerners and Americans throughout Afghanistan."



Afghanistan's parliament wants a public trial for the murder of the nine children, three women and four men. The Telegraph reports — the International Security Assistance Force is still investigating.


"We pledge to all the noble people of Afghanistan our commitment to a rapid and thorough investigation."



An investigation that begins with one question: Who? CBS says it was just one American army sergeant who committed the crime— but Fox Business weighs in on the rumors of multiple shooters.


"The Afghans have been expressing some doubt. Some of them have. That a single soldier could have carried out these shootings. But a Pentagon spokesman weighing in on that saying there is still no indication that there is more than one shooter involved in all of this."



USA Today says President Obama spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and promised to investigate — citing it as a tragic and shocking incident. Karzai called the killings an assassination that cannot be forgiven.

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