US military investigating Afghan abuse claims

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25 June 2007, Kabul (dpa) - The US military in Afghanistan has launched an investigation into a German magazine report that US and Afghan soldiers abused suspects, the military said Monday. A US soldier named in the article has been temporarily relieved of his duties pending an inquiry, the military said in a statement. Two reporters of the German news magazine Focus wrote of an interrogation they witnessed earlier this month in the village of Niazollah in the province of Ghazi, southwest of Kabul. They de

25 June 2007

Kabul (dpa) - The US military in Afghanistan has launched an investigation into a German magazine report that US and Afghan soldiers abused suspects, the military said Monday.

A US soldier named in the article has been temporarily relieved of his duties pending an inquiry, the military said in a statement.

Two reporters of the German news magazine Focus wrote of an interrogation they witnessed earlier this month in the village of Niazollah in the province of Ghazi, southwest of Kabul.

They described how a US soldier and an Afghan commander tied a suspect to a military vehicle and threatened to drag him along the rough terrain if he did not give them information.

This could have killed the man, the reporters said, arguing that in their view the threat amounted to torture.

The report was illustrated with a picture of a bearded, white-robed Afghan sitting on the ground with his right-leg tied to the vehicle, as a US soldier stood nearby.

In another incident, an old man was beaten by an Afghan secret service commander during a search of a farm for Taliban fighters, the report said.

The journalists observed how a US soldier looked on when the commander punched the man in the face and then hit him in the back with the butt of a rifle, causing him to collapse.

"This alleged behaviour goes against everything the US military stands for and believes in," the US statement quoted Army Colonel Martin P. Schweitzer as saying. "We take these accusations seriously."

DPA

Subject: German news

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