Reuters: Afghan Translator Says U.S. Forces Linked To Civilian Torture, Deaths

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July 16, 2013 3:57 a.m.
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An Afghan interpreter for U.S. special forces says his military handlers are to blame for atrocities against civilians in Wardak, Afghanistan, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Zakeria Kandahari was detained by Afghan authorities six weeks ago for alleged involvement in torturing and killing civilians. In an interview obtained by Reuters, he denied involvement in the murders, and said he was always acting on orders from the American special forces.

The U.S. military denies this accusation. From the Reuters report:

U.S. military officials have consistently denied special forces participated in, or turned a blind-eye to, torture and illegal killings by Afghans working with them in Nerkh.

“U.S. forces conducted several investigations which determined there was no credible evidence to substantiate misconduct by ISAF or U.S. forces,” a senior spokesman for the force told Reuters on Tuesday.

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