Relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan have been strained even further after the alleged murders of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. Army staff sergeant. The shootings come less than a month after the military accidentally burned copies of the Quran and six U.S. troops were killed in retaliation.
There are fears that the killing of 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday, reportedly by a U.S. Army staff sergeant, will inflame the people of that nation. But, "so far that has not come to pass," NPR's Quil Lawrence reports.
U.S. officials have not released the name of the U.S. soldier accused of killing some 16 Afghan civilians in southern Afghanistan over the weekend. The shootings come as anti-Americanism already is boiling over in Afghanistan after U.S. troops burned Qurans last month.
Over the weekend in Kandahar, a U.S. soldier is accused of killing Afghan civilians during a shooting rampage. Ehsan Ullah, the principal of a girls school there, tells Renee Montagne that his school is shocked and saddened by the incident.
A U.S. Soldier is accused of killing some 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar on Sunday. Some say as far as U.S. policy is concerned, it couldn't have come at a worse time. Joining the conversation with Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep are Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post, former White House adviser Vali Nasr and retired Lt. Gen. David Barno.
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