Dismembered Fingers Found Near Quarters of Alleged Rogue US Army Unit

US Army in AfghanistanAFP reports, via CommonDreams:

An investigator told how he found dismembered fingers near the quarters of an alleged rogue US army unit accused of killing Afghans for sport and taking trophies from the bodies.

The gruesome testimony came as a third US soldier faced a pre-trial hearing over the alleged killings — after which the rogue soldiers allegedly posed for photos with their victims — in southern Afghanistan earlier this year.

If proved in a full court martial, the crimes would be among the worst committed by US forces in Afghanistan, and could deal a blow to efforts to win over the support of ordinary Afghans in the war-torn country.

Private Andrew Holmes, one of five soldiers accused of going rogue, listened quietly as Special Agent Benjamin Stevenson described finding severed fingers near where members of the unit lived.

Army prosecutors allege Holmes participated in the execution of an Afghan the southern Kandahar province in January, kept a finger bone from an Afghan corpse and smoked hashish with some of the other killers.

On Monday, Stevenson, testifying by speakerphone, said he had a map provided by the army’s star witness, Corporal Jeremy Morlock, showing where investigators could find the digits allegedly taken from Afghan civilians.

Using Morlock’s map, Stevenson said he and another agent located a large, protective dirt barrier near the soldiers’ residences in Forward Operating Base Ramrod.

On top of the barrier, they found a plastic bottle containing two fingers, wrapped in cloth.

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  • Hadrian999

    i can already hear the apologists for these dirtbags, war is hell, the taliban is worse…..
    these “soldiers” have done more damage to the war effort than 1000 taliban could, that is if you believe the war
    is actually about helping afghan people.

  • Hadrian999

    i can already hear the apologists for these dirtbags, war is hell, the taliban is worse…..
    these “soldiers” have done more damage to the war effort than 1000 taliban could, that is if you believe the war
    is actually about helping afghan people.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    “and could deal a blow to efforts to win over the support of ordinary Afghans in the war-torn country.”

    What kind of fantasy bullshit is this?
    There was never any hope of winning the support of the Afghans in the first place. What kind of fool supports an invading army? If China invaded and said they were here to liberate us, would we believe them and welcome their death dealing soldiers with open arms? Of course not…..

    The question isn’t -“can we win the support of the Afghans” -that will never happen. A more relevent question would be – “Will this further enrage and embolden the insurgency”. Yes -is the obvious answer……

  • Anonymous

    “and could deal a blow to efforts to win over the support of ordinary Afghans in the war-torn country.”

    What kind of fantasy bullshit is this?
    There was never any hope of winning the support of the Afghans in the first place. What kind of fool supports an invading army? If China invaded and said they were here to liberate us, would we believe them and welcome their death dealing soldiers with open arms? Of course not…..

    The question isn’t -“can we win the support of the Afghans” -that will never happen. A more relevent question would be – “Will this further enrage and embolden the insurgency”. Yes -is the obvious answer……

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