US Soldiers in Afghanistan Hunted Humans for Sport – Meet “The Kill Team” [UPDATED]

Posted on March 22, 2011

Atrocities that are perpetrated during wartime are especially vile because they occur in the context of state-sanctioned aggression in which men and women are trained to be controlled and professional in carrying out their orders.

Senseless and impossible as it seems for a single man, say Jack the Ripper, to carry out his twisted agenda on helpless women, it somehow seems less ghastly than trained warriors employing their professional  military force against innocent civilians.

The pictures tell it all.  American soldiers – our nation’s finest – hunting for human trophies in a country we have invaded.  In this instance, 12 men formed a group that styled themselves “the kill team.”

This is the picture of a young American who is thousands of miles away from home who has just murdered the son of a local Afghan farmer.  The boy has a name, Gul Mudin.  This makes it so much harder to process.

The young American who thinks of Gul as a trophy has  not “won” anything.  He only achieved a monstrous mirror of himself and his actions that should haunt him for the rest of  his life.  Sadly, Gul died at the hands of several not just one man.

These were not random acts of violence but the result of strategic thinking:

The suspects are accused of having killed civilians for no reason and then of trying to make it look as though the killings had been acts of self-defense. Some of the accused have said the acts had been tightly scripted.

In one incident, which has been reconstructed based on documents from the investigation, the soldiers themselves detonate a hand grenade in order to make it look like they were the subjects of an attack before killing a man. One of those who allegedly participated, Adam Winfield, 21, described the incident to his father in a chat on the social networking site Facebook. “They made it look like the guy threw a grenade at them and mowed him down,” SPIEGEL quotes Winfield as having written in the chat.

Spiegel is an old and respected German newspaper.  They broke this story.  It should remind us all that a holocaust  does not have to be carried out on thousands – it can be just a few.  It is not characteristic of any one group of people; anyone from any country can be guilty of it. 

UPDATE: Previously this post claimed that Colonel Gaddafi’s youngest  son committed suicide by driving his plane into the ground.  The situation was otherwise. Here is the report from the Daily Mail:

Libyan rebel forces are praising the courage of an air force pilot said to have  undertaken a ‘kamikaze’ mission on the Gaddafi compound which claimed the life of the dictator’s son.

Muhammad Mukhtar Osman’s name and picture was posted on websites following the attack on the family’s Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli at the weekend.

Colonel Gaddafi’s son Khamis, 27, who runs the feared Khamis Brigade that has been prominent in its role of attacking rebel-held areas, is alleged to have died following the suicide air mission on his barracks.

Martyr? This is the photo of Muhammad Mukhtar Osman who allegedly flew his fighter jet into the Gaddafi compoundMartyr? This is the photo of Muhammad Mukhtar Osman who allegedly flew his fighter jet into the Gaddafi compound

Widespread reports said the 27-year-old died of burns in hospital following the attack, but were derided as a ‘nonsensical piece of news’ by the regime.

The mission may have been a possible attempt on the Libyan dictator’s life, but the hated Muammar was apparently not there, and despite varying reports of when the attack is said to have taken place, rebels have praised the pilot as a ‘martyr’.