Last Updated: Wed Oct 20, 2010 16:21 pm (KSA) 13:21 pm (GMT)

Questions arise on killing of Afghan civilians

Five soldiers are charged with murder in the case while 7 others are accused of trying to block the investigation (File)
Five soldiers are charged with murder in the case while 7 others are accused of trying to block the investigation (File)

As the U.S. military moved to court martial the first of five soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians for sport, questions arose Saturday about the leadership of men's rogue unit.

The New York Times, citing unpublished documents in the case and interviews, reported that the unit was plagued by rampant drug use and was under limited supervision from commanders as it operated in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

"I just don't understand how this went so far," the Times quoted the father of one of the platoon members charged with murder, Specialist Adam Winfield, as saying. "I’ve been in management for 20 years; you know what your people are doing."

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