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23. US Covers up Afghan Massacre

Although the March 2012 massacre of sixteen unarmed Afghan civilians, nine of whom were children, received a great deal of news coverage, independent news sources have focused on whether one US solider acting alone—as US officials have insisted—or multiple US soldiers—as Afghan witnesses and Afghan President Hamid Karzai contend—bear direct responsibility for the killings. These reports highlight the fundamental responsibility of US high military command, including President Obama, for the crimes committed by its troops.

Censored News Cluster: Human Costs of War and Violence

Al-Akhbar, “More than One US Soldier Involved in Massacre: Afghan President,” Al-Akhbar English, March 16, 2012, http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/multiple-soldiers-involved-killing-afghan-civilians-afghan-president.

James Petras, “The Massacre of the Afghan 17 and the Obama Cover-Up,” Information Clearing House, March 27, 2012, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30922.htm.

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/03/24/afghan-president-us-soldier-did-not-act-alone-in-massacre-of-16-civilians/

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/03/27/obama-covers-up-afgan-massacre/

Student Researchers: Annie Keating (College of Marin); Dane Steffy (Sonoma State University)

Faculty Evaluators: Susan Rahman (College of Marin); Peter Phillips (Sonoma State University)