US Never Taught Troops Not to Execute Civilians
US African Command (AFRICOM) chief General Carter Ham today conceded, in the rise of growing evidence of massive summary executions in Mali, that the US “failed” in its training of Mali’s military by skipping ethics.
Gen. Ham says that the US provided considerable training but focused “almost exclusively” on tactics and technical matters, without spending enough time teaching troops that they shouldn’t massacre civilians.
Rights groups have repeatedly reported that Malian troops have captured and summarily executed civilians in frontier cities, targeting ethnicities which are accused of being pro-rebel and capturing anyone without ID cards as “infiltrators.”
Mali’s Justice Minister had cited the US military’s own tortures and executions when presented with evidence last week, saying “no army in the world is perfect.“
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