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In 2010, a group of maverick American infantry soldiers, battle weary after six long, hard months in Afghanistan, decided to abandon the rules of war and formed a “kill team” to murder and mutilate Afghan civilians, Rolling Stone magazine reports in a stunning, blockbuster story.
The kill team apparently operated while American Army officers, who knew of the team’s activities, failed to stop them.
Reports Mark Boal of Rolling Stone:
Early last year, after six hard months soldiering in Afghanistan, a group of American infantrymen reached a momentous decision: It was finally time to kill a haji.
Among the men of Bravo Company, the notion of killing an Afghan civilian had been the subject of countless conversations, during lunchtime chats and late-night bull sessions. For weeks, they had weighed the ethics of bagging “savages” and debated the probability of getting caught. Some of them agonized over the idea; others were gung-ho from the start. But not long after the New Year, as winter descended on the arid plains of Kandahar Province, they agreed to stop talking and actually pull the trigger.