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Marine photo / Cpl. Reece Lodder

An Afghan policeman, second from left, mans a checkpoint with a pair of U.S. Marines earlier this year in the Garmsir district of Helmand province. That's where a 15-year-old "tea boy" killed three Marines on Aug. 10. A rash of such "green-on-blue" killings, where Afghans kill their U.S. and allied trainers, is making such mentoring increasingly difficult.

Of all the horrible “green on blue” killings that have happened recently in Afghanistan, perhaps the most horrific took place in Helmand province on Aug. 10. That’s when Aynoddin, who like many in that country goes by a single name, slaughtered three Marines as they worked out in their makeshift gym.

All of the discussion of vetting Afghans falls apart in the Washington Post‘s reconstruction of the event over the weekend. There was no vetting of this killer: the 15-year old was the so-called “tea boy” of Garmsir police chief Sarwar Jan, who shared a base with the Marines:

For years, Marines and other U.S. officials said, they had heard local residents complain about Jan’s poorly kept secret — that he invited boys to bases often shared with U.S. troops and engaged in sexual misconduct. Officials say it was the primary reason he was dismissed from a previous posting in Now Zad, another district in Helmand…

Jan denies that he has done anything improper. “I’m not fond of young boys,” he said after being released from Afghan custody this week. He was later detained again by Afghan intelligence agents. In southern Afghanistan, it is not uncommon for men to sexually exploit boys. The practice, called bacha bazi, has been on the rise since the Taliban regime collapsed.

Incredible. As in unbelievable. As in, how could the Marines have allowed this to happen?

9 comments
m
m

Would someone please tell me what happened to Aynoddin?

MaryLiz
MaryLiz

@m I can tell you.  LCpl Greg Buckley is my nephew.  Aynoddin was immediately captured as he proudly proclaimed "I did jihad, I did jihad" following the killing of the three Marines & the seriously wounding of another.  He is currently in a US Military prison, in Afghanistan.  It is our mission to have him brought to the US & tried as a terrorist in US District Court. (Federal Court).  We would welcome your support!  Please go on FB to Greg Buckley Jr & "like" the page.  You will learn what we have been doing & hopefully you will help us lock this jihadist murderer up for life.  Thank you for asking.  I'm so sorry I just saw this article.

Lisa Weber
Lisa Weber

The Marines are told that the Afghans have vetted the locals they bring in.  It's how it's supposed to work.  In this instance the person in direct authority was the one who was breaking the rules.  The idea that the Marines are able to order the Afghans around at this point is ludicrous.  The idea that this is the only Afghan in leadership who maintains a Tea Boy clearly indicates that you don't understand how this works, how common it is, and how incapable our men and women are to change that culture.  The Marines were noted in reporting as repeatedly complaining about this situation- clearly the ones who have control over who can be in a JOINT Afghan/US FOB were the Afghans and they did not police their own man.  That is what happened. Your question "How could the Marines have let this happen?" is ridiculous. How could the US government allow this to happen and how did the American people ever get such incredibly brave people to defend them, while they were too busy to pay attention to the fact they were dying and being blown to pieces daily while fighting for a mission they were sent to do?  That is the better question but that would require actual reporting.

MaryLiz
MaryLiz

@Lisa Weber You are 100% correct.  The Marine Corp has NO control over who is or isn't on the base.  an FOB is considered Afghan property & they make all the rules, as they do through out most of the country.  This is what we mean when we say our military has their hands tied behind their backs.  The Buckley family has nothing but respect & deep admiration for all our Military, especially The Corps.  The real problem is with the US government for allowing this to continue.  Please join FB Greg Buckley Jr to learn more.


Benjamin Harris
Benjamin Harris

Does Time blame rape victims for what they are wearing?

MaryLiz
MaryLiz

@Benjamin Harris What happened is in no way the fault of the Marine Corps.
Their hands are tied, by this administration.


Andy Wisniewski
Andy Wisniewski

And the marines should know how this guy allegedly molests young boys how? How do you let your creepy mustache wielding neighbor molest kids, you don't know that's how, and if you did know and complained to the authorities and nothing happened since you have no legal authority over the appointment of afghan police chiefs that's how it happens.

MaryLiz
MaryLiz

@Andy Wisniewski  Sadly, you are 100% correct.  & that's what got these three brave soldiers killed.  This administration is more concerned with the "feelings & sensitivities of the Afghan people" than they are with protecting those who are out there fighting for us!.  It's disgraceful!


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