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Pentagon IG: U.S. Troops May Be Punished for Stopping Child Rape by Afghan Soldiers

American service members in Afghanistan have relatively recently been officially required to report when U.S. taxpayer-funded Afghan security forces sexually abuse young boys, but they are “not obligated” to intervene and may be criminally punished for doing so, according to an audit by the Pentagon inspector general (IG).

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Afghanistan: While Pedophilia Is Culturally Sanctioned, LGBT Adults Fear for Their Lives

Homosexuals in Afghanistan are forced to live in fear and secrecy to avoid being kidnapped, robbed, beaten up, blackmailed, arbitrarily arrested in what police describe as “honey traps,” and murdered by relatives in “honor killings,” reports the Associated Press (AP), citing first-hand accounts by various Afghan gay men.

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U.S. Military Fatalities in Afghanistan Quadruple Under Obama’s Watch

Afghanistan has been plagued by increasingly deteriorating security conditions, widespread corruption, and a troubled economy since the Taliban regime was overthrown by the U.S. military soon after it invaded the country in response to the 9/11 attacks. The security situation

The US intervention in Afghanistan has fuelled the perception that foreign powers are increasingly being drawn back into the conflict as Afghan forces struggle to rein in the Taliban

Report: Taliban Exploiting ‘Pedophilic Boy Play’ to Kill Afghan Police

The Taliban is exploiting the prevalent centuries-old pedophilic custom of bacha bazi, or “playing with boys,” to launch deadly attacks against police in southern Afghanistan, using the officers’ affinity for child sex slaves against them, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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Taliban Snuffs Child-Molesting Afghan Police Using Sex Slave Boys as Bait

The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of “bacha bazi” — paedophilic boy play — to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults told AFP.

TOPSHOT - Afghan boy Hizbullah, 10, walks as he looks for customers to buy his balloons on the streets of Mazar-i-Sharif on February 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Farshad Usyan / AFP / FARSHAD USYAN (Photo credit should read FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Marine Discharged for Warning of Afghan Police Chief’s Rape of Boys

Maj. Jason Brezler is being kicked out of the military after more than 15 years of service for warning fellow Marines in 2012 that a Taliban-linked Afghan police commander working at their post in southern Afghanistan was corrupt and sexually abusing boys, the Washington Post recently reported.

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Afghanistan: Sexual Abuse of Boys ‘Resurrected’ After U.S. Toppled Taliban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sexual abuse of young boys by powerful men in Afghanistan, a common practice that was punishable by death under Taliban rule, was “resurrected” after the terrorist group’s regime was overthrown by the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, reports a federal watchdog agency.


Reports of Child Rape By Afghan Officers Prompts Pentagon IG Investigation

The Office of the Inspector General (IG) at the Department of Defense (IG), the Pentagon’s top watchdog, announced Tuesday that it will “immediately” begin an investigation into the U.S. military’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan security forces.

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Hunter to McCain: Hold Army Sec Nomination Over Afghan Child Rape Scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) should hold up the nomination for the next Secretary of the Army until the military overturns its decision to kick out a decorated Green Beret for striking a child rapist, according to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA).