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Afghan Soldier Kills Four French Troops over U.S. Marine War Crime Video; British Sex Abuse of Afghan Kids

An Afghan soldier who killed four French troops and wounded 15 others did so out of revenge for U.S. and British war crimes.

According to Agence France-Presse, the Afghan soldier opened fire on the unarmed French troops at a base in the eastern part of the country. In addition to the five deaths, 15 troops were wounded, eight of them seriously. The New York Times reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is contemplating withdrawing French forces from Afghanistan following the deadly attack. France has already suspended training of Afghan troops in response.

Under interrogation by French forces, the unidentified gunman cited alleged U.S. and British war crimes as his motive.

“During the initial interrogations by French soldiers, he told them he did it because of the video in which American soldiers were urinating on bodies,” an Afghan army officer told AFP. He was referring to the recently-released video that shows U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters.

Sources inside the Afghan ministry of defense and intelligence agency confirmed the revenge motive.

The gunman also mentioned a video showing British soldiers allegedly sexually abusing Afghan children. According to ABC News (Australia), a sergeant and a private from the Mercian Battle Group were arrested after they allegedly coaxed the children, who are approximately ten years old, to touch their genitals through their uniforms and filmed the abuse.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahdi told AFP that “it is not clear” whether the Afghan gunman was a Taliban fighter or if he was acting alone or with another resistance group.

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