NATO says it has greatly reduced the Taliban presence in the northern part of the country. But some Afghan officials aren't thrilled with the U.S. tactics, which include the creation of ad hoc militias. Some of the militia members used to be Taliban fighters.
A video appears to show Marines desecrating the corpses of Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan. It once again raises questions about why troops take such images, and what the military can do to stop it.
The Marine Corps is investigating a video that purports to depict Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters. Many worry the incident will further enflame anti-American feelings in Afghanistan, just as the U.S. tries to engage the Taliban into peace talks.
Though experts warn it will inflame anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan, a video that appears to show four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of three Afghan men will not affect efforts to begin such talks, a Taliban spokesman tells Reuters.
The U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to worsen, after a series of announcements that appear designed to embarrass Washington. Karzai is angry that the U.S. appears to be bypassing him in key decisions and is eager to prove he isn't beholden to America.
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