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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Afghanistan rights panel claimed Marines violated humanitarian law
Kimberly Bennett at 12:00 AM ET

On April 14, 2007, an report released by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) concluded that a US Marine Corps Special Forces unit violated international humanitarian law in its military response to a March 4, 2007 suicide bombing. The report found that following the initial attack, the Marines unit indiscriminately shot at vehicles and pedestrians, using repeated force in several different locations. Their actions ultimately killed at least 12 people and left another 35 injured. In January 2008, a Marine Corps Court of Inquiry investigated the incident and declined to press charges. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other international rights groups have been critical of the US for other civilian killings in Afghanistan. Recently, US Army Sgt. Robert Bales was charged with 17 counts of murder for the alleged shooting of Afghan civilians, including women and children.

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