Afghan girl raped, killed by US troops
Thu Jan 13, 2011
The daughter of an Afghan politician has reportedly died of her injuries after being raped by American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan’s southwestern province of Farah. US forces aboard five Toyota Hiace vans transferred the teenage girl along with several other Afghan women and girls to a military base in the province. They then sexually assaulted them, Afghan sources, who requested anonymity, told Iran Newspaper on Network
Medical reports indicate that a young girl died as a result of severe bleeding that was caused by tears in her genitals from violent sexual penetration. Two other victims were admitted to a nearby hospital and are currently receiving treatment for serious injuries they suffered following multiple rapes. However, ISAF has told Press TV correspondent that they cannot confirm this report.
The incident comes as violence in Afghanistan has spiked to record highs since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Statistics about civilian death tolls in Afghanistan are not available. However, it is estimated that between 14,000 and 34,000 Afghan civilians have lost their lives since the US-led war. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have reportedly lost their lives as a consequence of displacement, starvation, disease, exposure, lack of medical treatment, crime and lawlessness resulting from the war.
Afghan Interior Minister Zemarai Bashary said in a recent report that 2010 was the deadliest year for the civilians in the war-torn country since 2001. Meanwhile, hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans becoming more and more outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults.
This situation is adding fuel to the fire of anti-US sentiment in Afghanistan and the rest of the Islamic world. Western public opinion is growing increasingly tired of the war. Deaths of civilians in NATO and US attacks have also fueled tensions between President Hamid Karzai and his Western allies.
The American army has lost 1,455 soldiers in Afghanistan since the beginning of the war.
Uganda People News: 12 soldiers rape Karamajong woman
2011 01 06
By Captain Deo Akiiki
UPDF spokesman 3rd division
UPDF in 3rd Division Moroto would like to put it on record that a group of soldiers from 13 Battalion were allegedly accused by one Teddy Nakiru 27yrs old daughter Of Peter Nowal and Veronika from Katikikile sub county, Tapach parish for raping her on the evening of 1st January 2011. The following are facts and actions taken.
That Teddy Nakiru who had spent much of her time from the eve of the New Year to the time of the incident boozing in the trading centre of Tapach was surely raped as the army ascertained from the doctor of Moroto referral hospital who carried out the examination.
That some soldiers who were tasked to conduct security patrols in this area (12 of them) had knowledge of the incident and have been all arrested and serious investigations headed by the army counter intelligence department have been instituted at the division level to do thorough investigations and bring the culprits to book.
That if it is found out to be true that the soldiers who were meant to keep security of the people including Teddy to enter the new year in peace and not in pieces as it has been a case with Teddy were involved, a court martial will immediately seat at Tapach trading centre, try and sentence the soldiers involved.
This has been the UPDF method of work and the army shall always account to the people who it considers as dear to the force’s survival as a people’s army. UPDF wants to assure the public that teddy will get the justice she deserves and the army are ready to do all it takes to weed out any criminal minded soldier from its ranks and files.
Meanwhile the army will assist the victim morally and physically as she goes through this traumatic situation.
On top of this investigation and eventual prosecution, a military board of inquiry headed by the Deputy Chief of training Lt Col Ruheesi and instituted by his excellence the president to investigate other alleged human rights atrocities reported to him while on his campaign tour in Karamoja, is arriving today in Karamoja to make sure no case is left unattended to. This will enhance UPDF human rights record and continue to consolidate its commitment to work well with the people where the army operates.
Trial begins in soldier’s rape/murder case
January 13, 2011 6:32 AM
MATT STEINER and JOHN C. ENSSLIN
THE GAZETTE (Colorado Springs)
Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday morning in the first-degree murder trial of a Fort Carson soldier accused of raping one woman and killing another. Robert Hull Marko is accused of raping and killing 19-year-old Judilianna Lawrence, whose body was discovered along Old Stage Road in October 2008 after he led detectives to the site. Marko, 23, is also charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl five days before Lawrence was killed.
He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The trial is expected to last four weeks.