Not sure if this should go here or Reality Bites, but for now. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/interna...GFQky37rJlXJ/1
There are local claims that it was more than one soldier as one could not have done this much damage, but I'm not so sure I'd say he couldn't. Especially in the middle of the night and with people not about to fight back or even know they were in danger.Moving from house to house, a U.S. Army sergeant opened fire Sunday on Afghan villagers as they slept, killing 16 people — mostly women and children — in an attack that reignited fury at the U.S. presence following a wave of deadly protests over Americans burning Korans.
The attack threatened the deepest breach yet in U.S.-Afghan relations, raising questions both in Washington and Kabul about why American troops are still fighting in Afghanistan after 10 years of conflict and the killing of Osama bin Laden.
According to U.S. and Afghan officials, Sunday's attack began around 3 a.m. in two villages in Panjwai district, a rural region outside Kandahar that is the cradle of the Taliban and where coalition forces have fought for control for years. The villages are about 500 yards from a U.S. base in a region that was the focus of Obama's military surge strategy in the south starting in 2009.
Villagers described cowering in fear as gunshots rang out as a soldier roamed from house to house firing on those inside. They said he entered three homes in all and set fire to some of the bodies. Eleven of the dead were from a single family, and nine of the victims were children.
Either way he has done a grave dishonour and disservice to his country, his duty and the people he killed. I'm also certain he's effectively sentenced his fellow soldiers to deaths they might otherwise not have faced, and has struck an indirect blow against his own side.