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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the US of not fully co-operating with a probe into the massacre of 16 civilians by an American serviceman.

The soldier accused of the killings is on his way to the US from Kuwait, where he was being held, and is expected to face a military tribunal there.

Afghan MPs had demanded the soldier be tried in public in Afghanistan.

Mr Karzai earlier met relatives of the dead, who demanded justice.

Men, women and children were shot and killed at close range as the US soldier apparently went on a rampage in villages close to a Nato base in the remote Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province.

President Karzai told reporters that the chief of the official investigation into those killings had not received the co-operation it expected from the US.

He also said the problem of civilian casualties at the hands of Nato forces had "gone on for too long"

"This is by all means the end of the rope here," Mr Karzai said.

On Wednesday Mr Karzai told the US that it must pull back its troops from village areas and allow Afghan security forces to take the lead, in an effort to reduce such civilian deaths.

The Taliban also called off peace talks in the wake of the killings although they made no mention of the massacre in their statement.

Earlier, the president met relatives of those who had been killed last Sunday. The assembled villagers berated him and urged him to seek justice.

Some of the villagers believe there was more than one gunman, an allegation that has repeatedly contradicted the official version since Sunday when the shootings took place. He assured villagers that he would pursue that allegation.

President Karzai listened as surviving family members from the Kandahar massacre gave their versions of the murders during a meeting in a grand hall in the presidential palace.

"Why did this happen?" demanded one man who lost nine members of his family. "Do you have answers, Mr President?"

"No, I do not," responded a tired-looking Mr Karzai.

The BBC's Lyse Doucet in Kabul says the president's strong public condemnation of his most important ally is certain to frustrate the US which has been trying to limit the damage from these latest incidents as they deal with an unpredictable president.

This intervention adds new strain to an already troubled partnership, our correspondent says.

Some details about the alleged killer also emerged from a lawyer who said he represented him.

John Henry Browne said the soldier - who has not been named - had received body and brain injuries while serving in Iraq and had been unhappy about doing another tour of duty.

Speaking in Seattle, where the accused soldier is based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Mr Browne denied reports that the accused had problems either with alcohol or his marriage.

Earlier on Friday, a Nato helicopter carrying Turkish troops crashed into a house on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, killing at least 12 soldiers and two children on the ground.

The death toll is the heaviest single loss of life so far for Turkish troops in Afghanistan, of whom there are currently more than 1,800.

Police told the BBC a technical fault was to blame.

Despite the recent string of setbacks, such as the suspension of peace talks by the Taliban, the US has stressed that it remains committed to Afghan reconciliation.----

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17396533


Added: Mar-16-2012 Occurred On: Mar-16-2012
By: MB-UK
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  • Our president has no clue whats going on! Its funny how those Afghan leaders are never concerned with radical Muslim suicide bombings...just a rouge soldier! Fuck those Afghan leaders!

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  • Self-righteous indignation is an Afghan delicacy.

    Meanwhile Afghan's continue to shoot NATO members in the back any chance they get.

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    • @USA1
      You cheered when your conservative buddies (Bush administration) started this war and now you cry when the whole thing has become an obvious failure.
      The scumbags are not the Afghan people but rather your military leaders who insisted on Nation building and never ending conflict,those are the ones who need to be punished.

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    • @werdum12

      Yup, no good deed goes unpunished.

      BTW, we didn't start this facking war, they did.

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    • @1098r
      1. Iraq was a huge mistake from the beginning.

      2. Afghanistan was more understandable but nothing ever justified over 10 yrs of war and Nation building (which will fail anyway)

      3.I didn't support Austalia going into Iraq but I supported a short term commitment in Afghanistan,but not a more than a decade long conflict with no clear goals.

      Blame the USA? no!
      Blame agressive US government and military leaders, yes!

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    • @assad4ever They will never be ready...they are fighting in flip-flops and t-shirts!

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    • @assad4ever Having trained these cavemen I can tell you there will never be enough training to overcome the mentality that it's wrong to shit in the corner of a a working bunker and the only way it will stop is if allah wills it. If you've been there you know it too. Not one more drop of american blood.

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  • Fuck him. We should stay there and let the taliwacker take back over. When he asks for help laugh in his face.

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  • fuck them, lets pull all troops. and then if the talyban comes back, itll be judgement day.

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  • Fuck karzai, fuck the afghans.
    10 years of war, 10 years of training the so called ANA and a bunch of boy scouts could do better.
    let them sink and wallow in their own shit. Pull the troops out.

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  • Nobody listens to Karzai because he has zero credibility ... with anyone.

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  • I disagree with Karzai, we should leave Afghanistan entirely, not just the villages.

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    • @NUKER-_-
      Agreed 100%, the Afghan war has been a failure, the US has lost 1800 soldiers and nearly a trillion dollars in this war and nothing good has come out of it.

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  • Burn everything, kill everyone. No mercy for the enemies.

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  • too bad our trooper ran out of ammo...the clown car obama has created will not be a good legacy for the first primate president.

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  • Karzai seems to criticize us waaaaaay too much. He wants us out then I think we should oblige him, when the shit hits the fan he gets no asylum here.

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  • These people (I use that term loosely) who can't manage to get along, no matter WHERE they are on the planet, need to be left to their own devices. Start shit in places that are relatively calm and get flattened.

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    • @pachaKamaq
      I wish you guys had realized that 10 years ago, American military leaders are simpletons,they start wars without thinking of the consequenses and it's always the US taxpayer who pays the price (as well as soldiers dying for nothing).
      Iraq,Afghanistan,Somalia and Vietnam have all been huge blunders, and will it ever stop? probably not, there's too much money to be made.

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    • @werdum12

      "You guys" includes Anzac and most of Europe, n'est-ce-pas? These days, the M-IC has many other acronyms: NATO, UN, Arab League, African Union, etc. None of these wars have anything to do with humanitarian interests, as I'm sure you know.

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    • @pachaKamaq
      And none of these wars have anything to do with anti terrorism, although many brainwashed folk still believe that's what they're for.

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    • @werdum12

      They did a good job of selling that heap of shite.

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    • @werdum12 People who insist on using the term "brainwashed" either don't know the meaning of the term or aren't smart enough to debate people who just have a difference of opinion. It's an easy way to simply call people names instead of critical thinking through honest dialog.

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  • What a fucking mess...

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  • i think this means that next week we are going to see headlines in the news about karzai being on drugs or him being mentally ill again like the last time he tried to speak up

    the afghans dont want us there, lets go home

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  • he will be out in two years after evaluation,..and back with his family in Ohio,
    that troop is a victim of war profiteers,.and the Pentagon caused him go nuts,.Our Government War Profiteers are using our beloved troops for monetary gain,it's totally obvious,.
    we should not be there at all,our troops are for National defense,not Nation building up our enemies,.for a future conflict,.
    idiots at the Pentagon and NATO control our Military forces right now,because our Congress don't have any contro More..

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  • lmao,..might as well forget it,.that troop is back in Kansas,...lol

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  • Has anyone ever realized that all these wars start off with an event that makes it popular with the American people, the Vietnam war was started with anti Communist fearmongering and then the "Gulf of Tonkin incident" (which was questionable to say the least),in Somalia it was to feed the starving, Afghanistan and Iraq were started by 9/11 and anti Muslim hysteria, it's very easy to manipulate the US public into accepting war since they are amongst the most self centered and least educ More..

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  • Sometimes blowback can take 20 years to strike.
    Rest assured ... it's only a matter of time.

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  • i hear stupid americans say, well they shoot or troops in the back or they are animals, i totaly agree that the initial taliban when inflenced by alquaida were shit, but now you have men who lost their children and have pain form their lost and comit suicide why not bring a few americans with him he ponders, can't blaim um, u stupid americans created him with colateral damage and then you say good for those children, a child is a child, no child on this planet should ever see war or murder or ev More..

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