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US Soldiers 'Killed Afghan Civilians for Sport and
Collected Fingers as Trophies'

Soldiers face charges over secret 'kill team' which
allegedly murdered at random and collected fingers as
trophies of war

Chris McGreal in Washington 
The Guardian 
September 9, 2010
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/09/us-soldiers-afghan-civilians-fingers

Stryker soldiers who allegedly plotted to kill Afghan
civilians. Andrew Holmes, Michael Wagnon, Jeremy
Morlock and Adam Winfield are four of the five Stryker
soldiers who face murder charges. Photograph: Public
Domain

Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret
"kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan
civilians at random and collected their fingers as
trophies.

Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three
Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in
separate attacks this year. Seven others are accused of
covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who
exposed the murders when he reported other abuses,
including members of the unit smoking hashish stolen
from civilians.

In one of the most serious accusations of war crimes to
emerge from the Afghan conflict, the killings are
alleged to have been carried out by members of a
Stryker infantry brigade based in Kandahar province in
southern Afghanistan.

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