CIA-backed Afghan forces committed war crimes during operations
Afghan forces backed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) committed war crimes and other atrocities during operations, Human Rights Watch charged in a report on Thursday.
The 50-page report, which studied 14 cases from late 2017 to mid-2019, found that paramilitary forces had killed civilians during night-time operations, disappeared detainees and attacked medical facilities for allegedly treating insurgents.
“In ramping up operations against the Taliban, the CIA has enabled abusive Afghan forces to commit atrocities including extrajudicial executions and disappearances,” said Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
Since 2001, the CIA has maintained a counterterrorism operation in Afghanistan parallel to, but distinct from, the US military operation, the report said. It has continued to recruit, equip, train and deploy Afghan paramilitary forces in pursuit of al-Qaeda and Taliban forces, and, since 2014, Islamic State militants.
In one account, a paramilitary unit killed eight people who were visiting their families during Eid holidays in August in southern Paktia province. In another, the paramilitary forces raided a clinic in central Wardak province, killing two caregivers, a guard, and a clinic lab worker in July for allegedly treating Taliban militants.
The human rights group has asked the US and Afghan governments to end the activities of the paramilitaries.
In the first nine months of 2019, the United Nations’ Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented more than 2,500 civilian deaths and over 5,600 wounded.
Based on the report, pro-government forces were responsible for 1,149 civilian deaths and close to 1,200 wounded.
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