US Military Says Killing Afghan Children Is Fair Game

In October, the US launched an airstrike in Afghanistan that killed three children – ages 8, 10, and 12 -while they were gathering firewood (or by some accounts, dung to burn as fuel). NATO issued its usual dismissive statement, admitting it may have “accidentally killed three innocent Afghan civilians.”

But now, according to the Military Times, the US military includes children on their list of who they’re allowed to murder with impunity.

…a Marine official here raised questions about whether the children were “innocent.” Before calling for the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System mission in mid-October, Marines observed the children digging a hole in a dirt road in Nawa district, the official said, and the Taliban may have recruited the children to carry out the mission.

So digging holes in Afghanistan is now grounds for getting bombed? The children’s relatives and local tribal elders had confirmed at the time that they were not Taliban recruits and were not planting any roadside bombs.

That’s apparently not enough for the US military to simply admit that killing innocent children is wrong. Instead, they invent Orwellian rationales for why these poor children were worthy enemy combatants.

“It kind of opens our aperture,” said Army Lt. Col. Marion “Ced” Carrington, whose unit, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was assisting the Afghan police. “In addition to looking for military-age males, it’s looking for children with potential hostile intent.”

There you have it. The US military is now looking for “military-age males” and “children” to kill in Afghanistan.

301 thoughts on “US Military Says Killing Afghan Children Is Fair Game”

  1. This is nothing new. ‘Potential terrorists’ are what children are, and there are millions of them. We can’t kill them all, but we can put the fear of god into them… but no. We can’t.

  2. The real problem is the low level of discipline among US soldiers and the fact that the US officers are just as bad. They overlook the war crimes being committed by NC soldiers all the time no matter what war they are involved in. Just look at the REAL history of the US army and marines.

    During the Second World War thousands upon thousands of rapes were committed by US soldiers in Europe. The French Moroccan troops raped thousands of women in Italy during that war. Of course, English, French, and Russian troops were involved as well, with the Russian troops being the worst barbarians.

    So next time ask your grandfather or great grandfather “What did he really do during that war.”
    You might be surprised at his answer, if he is honest.

  3. This is disgusting and makes me so angry how can they kill innocent children like that. I have been reading a lot about the US soldiers/Nato killing innocent civilians including children. It's just pure evil I know that war is a crazy time but why kill innocent children? i read that US soldiers would invade villages family homes and kill every women, men, parents and children in brutal ways some even do it for a sport for fun hunting down little kids as a game, all the civilians that were killed were unarmed. How r they protecting their country by killing innocent civilians like the children's parents and their children who are completely unarmed. How can these soldiers come back to the US and say they are hero's how can start a family of their own and have children or if they already have kids how can they look at them knowing they just killed a bunch of innocent little kids. Makes me so upset I never support war nothing is good just evil they r there not just to take out the enemy but to kill everyone including unarmed civilians even if they are only children. This has always been the case about war this happened in the Vietnam war killing innocent civilians like women, children, men in villages and it has never change since fromfrom Iraq, Afghanistan. Anyone who supports killing children are very harsh kind of people. if I went to war I would never do this type of thing like killing children. War is never good it's just pure EVIL!!!! it will never change. It is about time to stop this madness.

    1. Where in the heck did you here this!!!! Sounds like a bunch of bull shit. If you think everything you read is real wow people are dumber than they appear. People tell me which war hasn't there been innocent civilians killed! I know it is wrong, but do you honestly think people think it is fun to kill people?! If you do you are the crazy one! People on this websit are wayyyyy to bias and don't look at it from different point of views.

  4. When we justify killing children we are truly lost. What exactly would be the values we are trying to defend if we kill children, not accidentaly but on purpose, because they may have "hostile intent". Just the fact that there is debate on this means that Americans are lost as a people. We have more weapons than the rest of the countries of the world combined, but we are afraid of children now and have to kill them because they "may have hostile intent". When does it end? What is next?

    1. Ok I'm not saying killing children is right, but think of I this way what if the US just said ok there children lets let them off easy. A few months later they end up killing innocent people, people you know. You would have an entire different prospective on this then wouldn't you?!

    2. superb….short sentence but says it all!may ALLAH bless you with wisdom to guide musilims and your family through this wicked time…ameen

  5. If children are shitting in kabul, ur army will kill them claiming they are having potential wmds in their ass

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  8. Hello!

    I wish the U.S. president and people would take note and recognize the innocent children who U.S. forces kill oversees everyday… realizing that all children, American, Afghan, or other are all of equal value and innocent… not only the ones in Newtown.

    PP

  9. wow, ok one and only one thing to say, not ALL CHILDREN are INNOCENT. Please, look into history, children murder just like anyone, children fight in wars like anyone else and there were also CHILDREN turning people in to Hitler. So, if you choose to look blindly at all of these truths, you your self are blind and take the chance of being a victim. There are Child criminals in all countries, am I saying these children were, no, but hey until you face a baby with a bomb in its diaper then you have no room to speak. Whether we SHOULD be there or not, we are. I believe that we were attacked. So go ahead and call me a monster and attack me for that one, Good day, and Merry Christmas to you.

  10. Luckily, the slaughter of women and children in modern times of war is greatly curtailed, maybe we have evolved a little ??? Back during WW1 and WW2 especially the Germans and Japanese were particultarly savage against civilians, to this day the Japanese violation of the people of China is still a sore point among many and full reparations have not been adequately paid or the guilty parties punished for their involvement.

  11. You all are bleeding heart liberals who don't really understand anything. All talk, no facts. If you want to do something meaningful, enlist. Otherwise, STFU

  12. How can these soldiers come back to the US and say they are hero's how can start a family of their own and have children or if they already have kids how can they look at them knowing they just killed a bunch of innocent little kids. Makes me so upset I never support war nothing is good just evil they r there not just to take out the enemy but to kill everyone including unarmed civilians even if they are only children.

  13. Quran is God ordering the muslims not to cause mischief on the earth, so therefore the taliban don't practice the religion the right way and they will be judged for their actions. Just like the U.S military will be as well… i hate seeing disturbing images of people being brutally murdered like it's some sort of game they're playing,

  14. israel is known by the UN for breaking 65 international crimes (war crimes) Iraq only had two and got invaded bombed and destroyed,
    iSrael has ethnic cleansed more than 500 villages
    have expelled over 6 million palestinians from the country forcing them to live in concentration camps
    Israel has killed more women and children than hamas would in 1000 years.
    Israeli forces have beaten and raped palestinian women on a daily basis
    Jewish settlers have killed innocent Palestinians and vandalized their homes and taken their homes just because they are "jews" aka "the chosen ones' ISrael has burned down 1000s of Mosques and Churches and have put up pornography in them
    Israel has been bombing gaza for the past decade aiming for women and children
    Israel are fighting in the name of zionism, so why is the U.S supporting them when it comes to their God?

  15. Below I'm posting a few articles where it speaks about what our enemy, the Taliban, are doing with their children. Again, remember, these people behead their own children and wives if they don't follow their faith

  16. There really needs to be a reliable, consistent counter-news source who has the confidence and trust of US victim nations to get the straight scoop from their point of view. akl?n bir ?ey gelirse

  17. horrific. There is no justification for war. all whom are In Christ have peace and all whom do not know God will not see it. For in order to be at peace with each other we must be at peace with God by accepting His reconciliation and putting away our childish ways and our disobedient acts of our youth.True Christians will not make war nor live in hostility towards others for this is violating the 6th commandment. Thall shall not murder, think again if this is not murder for if in Matthew 5 states that the inward act of Hatred is the outward act of homicide as its equivalent then we must recognize this is definitely murder and not justified by God or any nation whom think they serve Our Creator

  18. . I thank God these children were not at the age of accountability so they will be sleeping with Christ waiting for the first resurrection to eternal life. Shame on all nations for conducting war in the name of a god and stamping our true creators name on these terrible actions. I love you all and God loves you more than you can fathom and Is faith full when you are not, God spreads His spirit to all and I pray Christ works in all of you to bring you to true repentance. For our peace is knowing that Gods wrath is not marked out for all whom abide in Him and stay obedient to His commands "Love God above all with all your mind, strength and soul" Love your neighbor as yourself" as Christians from our kingdom afar we are surrounding by nothing but all whom are hostile towards God but are treasured in our hearts in hopes to bring them to God so He can keeps us for eternity

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  22. Well, I don’t find anything surprising in the statement. Given the record of the US and its foreign policies, it does not shock me that the military justified killing of Afghan children. It is not just about the children in Afghanistan only, but about many other innocents who are being killed in Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere in the name of countering terrorism. After every drone attack US always has just one thing to say- militants died in drone attack, beside few civilians. Joseph you are right that no religion teaches animosity but universal brotherhood and peace. It is high time that nations stop waging wars and work towards for universal peace and prosperity.

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  24. Israel has killed more women and children than hamas would in 1000 years.
    Israeli forces have beaten and raped palestinian women on a daily basis
    Jewish settlers have killed innocent Palestinians and vandalized their homes and taken their homes just because they are "jews" aka "the chosen ones'
    ISrael has burned down 1000s of Mosques and Churches and have put up pornography in them
    Israel has been bombing gaza for the past decade aiming for women and children
    Israel are fighting in the name of zionism, so why is the U.S supporting them when it comes to their God?

  25. When we justify killing children we are truly lost. What exactly would be the values we are trying to defend if we kill children, not accidentaly but on purpose, because they may have "hostile intent". Just the fact that there is debate on this means that Americans are lost as a people. We have more weapons than the rest of the counter bloyboy

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