U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Sexual Abuse of Boys

Marines pdKABUL, Afghanistan (New York Times) In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene—in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.

The policy has endured as American forces have recruited and organized Afghan militias to help hold territory against the Taliban. But soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages — and doing little when they began abusing children.

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  • Join the army, they said. See the world, they said. Fight for good, they said. Defend freedom, they said.

  • Clancie

    “Obama’s Military” — never would have happened under Bush or Reagan

  • Becky

    Filthy pedophiles. Must be an ulterior motive…nambla members within the US government, perhaps? Bacha bazi…nambla…no difference.

  • Mike Huck

    meanwhile franklin graham molest without fear…jesus is ashamed

  • Nidalap

    So…the same side of the ideological divide which tells us ‘it’s all about the ability to consent’ now gives us the old ‘hey, it’s their culture’ speech. I guess it’s all about the ability to consent UNTIL it becomes part of the culture. “Oh, this whole SSM thing could NEVER lead to THAT!” Sure…

  • Peter Leh

    disturbing allegations.