UN slams Afghan prisoner ‘abuse’ by US army men

Associated Press

Kabul, May 22:

The United Nations today condemned as “utterly unacceptable” the alleged abuse of detainees

at the main US base in Afghanistan and called on the American military to allow a probe by Afghan human rights investigators. The world body was responding to allegations in a New York Times report on Friday that poorly-trained US soldiers had repeatedly abused detainees. The report cited a 2,000-page confidential file on the Army’s criminal investigation into the deaths of two Afghans at the Bagram base north of Kabul in December 2002. “Such abuses are an affront to everything the international community stands for,” said Richard P rovencher, UN spokesman in Afghanistan. “The gravity of these abuses calls for the punishment of all those involved in such crimes.”

12 insurgents killed

KABUL: Twelve rebels were killed by US-coalition and Afghan forces and a US soldier slightly wounded in fighting, the US military said on Sunday. The clash occurred on Saturday in Paktika province, which borders Pakistan, said US military spokesman Lt Col Jerry O’Hara. He added that the 12 were killed by a combination of direct fire from troops on the ground and coalition attack aircraft, and that the rebels fled across the border into Pakistan after the fighting. He said no coalition or Afghan forces crossed the border. — AP