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Afghans "have run out of patience" with foreign troops, the country's MPs have warned, after a US soldier killed 16 Afghan civilians.

The strongly worded resolution came as US officials issued an alert, fearing reprisals after the Kandahar rampage. Nine children were among those killed.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the act was "unforgivable". Taliban militants have vowed revenge.

The soldier is being questioned, and Nato has promised to deliver justice.

The killings could further fuel calls for a more rapid withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

Anti-US sentiment is already high after soldiers burned some copies of the Koran at a Nato base in Kabul last month.

US officials have repeatedly apologised for the Koran incident, which sparked a series of protests and attacks that killed at least 30 people and six US troops.

The soldier, believed to be a staff sergeant, left his base in Kandahar in the early hours of Sunday.

Locals say he broke into three homes. Eleven people were shot dead at one house in the village of Najeeban, and some of their bodies had been set alight.

At least three of the child victims are reported to have been killed by a single shot to the head.

The soldier returned to his base after the shootings and apparently turned himself in to military authorities.

His motives are unclear, but there is speculation that he might have been drunk or had suffered a mental breakdown. Officers are worried that the attack might have been planned.

The detained soldier has not been identified, but the Associated Press news agency quoted US officials as saying he was from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, 38 years old and married with two children.

The AP reports said he had served three tours in Iraq and was on his first deployment in Afghanistan.

"This is an assassination, an intentional killing of innocent civilians and cannot be forgiven,'' Mr Karzai said in a statement.

US President Barack Obama phoned Mr Karzai on Sunday to express condolences over the "tragic and shocking" incident.

In its resolution, the lower house of the Afghan parliament said Afghans had "run out of patience with the arbitrary actions of foreign forces".

"We seriously demand and expect that the government of the United States punish the culprits and try them in a public trial before the people of Afghanistan."

The call came despite an Afghan agreement with Nato for foreign soldiers to be tried in their own countries.

The BBC's Bilal Sarwary in Kabul says the incident has damaged already fragile relations between Kabul and Washington.

The Taliban is using the shooting as a propaganda victory, placing Mr Karzai in a difficult position, he says.

Angry tribal elders are now demanding an immediate end to US night raids on Afghan homes.

Meanwhile, US personnel in Afghanistan were warned of possible reprisal attacks.

Afghan officials fear there will be violent demonstrations and have deployed extra police and troops around Kandahar.

However, a local elder told the BBC there would be no protests, as long as the soldier was put on trial.

Sources close to Mr Karzai say the murders will complicate negotiations on a strategic agreement between the two countries that could keep US troops in the country beyond 2014.

A recent poll by ABC News and the Washington Post found 60% of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan is not worth its costs. Nearly the same number advocated an early US pullout from the country.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17339468




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  • And the rest of the world has lost patients with Afghanistan being a breeding ground for muslim terrorist.

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  • And NATO troops, and their people back home, have lost patience in this continual wait for Afghans to stand up for their own country.

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  • The fucked up part is, they are going to use this as another excuse to act like the savages they really are.

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  • Piss on 'em. Bring our boys home. I'm tired of trading our best for their worst. These Neanderthals aren't worth it.

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  • What choice do they have? Thats lie saying, 'Nazis Lose patience with NATO' its a fallacy straight up...we OCCUPY your asses, suck a dick.

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  • Afghanistan is ruled by a bunch of tribes. At best they can tolerate each other. One thing is for sure, they can unite against the West. Should have left in 2003 as nothing's been accomplished since.

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    • @mlivsey Couldn't agree more. I wrapped up my first tour near the end of 2002. By the time we were leaving things had gotten pretty quiet. When I came back in 2008, the country was a completely different beast. We let that country fester for years and now we're sleeping in the bed we made. Thanks GWB!

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    • @ghostofjw

      I'm sorry for stating the obvious observation.

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  • 2 SIMPLE WORDS CAN GIVE ALL PEACE.... CARPET...BOMB
    TRAMPLE THE WEAK, HURDLE THE DEAD

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  • If only they realised that when we pull out, the real unimaginable horror will begin

    And the back stabbing c#$t Karzai will get his

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  • First off, fuck Afghanistan, fuck the ANA, and fuck all the Afghans. With that said, as a former soldier and a two time OEF vet, fuck that soldier and what he did. Shit like this just makes us look just as bad as those cave dwellers we're fighting.

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  • We all know it's going to be fucked up when we leave (ISAF), so leave now and them them get on with it...Save a few more lives on our side and watch them implode

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  • get the hech out and let those filthy people take care of themselfs

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  • Those poor families don't even deserve to know the name of that psycho... and God knows how many more psychos are still with a fire arm in their hands.

    I am afraid this time it's not gonna be easy to throw water onto the flame. Afghanistan is not Italy.
    In Italy an A4 pilot was being cocky flying under a "funivia" in the mountains... his tail hit the wire and the passengers of the galley fell down: 20 dead.
    Pilot sentenced to 4 months of jail.

    Says it all but I am sure the TV in t More..

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    • @GShock112

      It was a US Navy A-6 and the pilot was flying below the approved altitude.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalese_cable_car_disaster_%281998%29

      Era una disgrazia.

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  • The soldier that did that should get the death penalty, plain and simple. Not just because of the murders, but because militants are going to step up their efforts and more U.S. personnel are going to be killed because of it.

    We should just withdraw and let all those savages out there kill each other.

    If the afghans were trustworthy, this war would have been over by now. Corruption runs rampant in Afghanistan and from the top down, they cannot be trusted.

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    • @ArrestU

      The afghans are so angy, they decided to kill other afghans.

      Real rocket scientists.

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    • @JetRanger

      Afghans are filthy, scandalous little pests. But still, the soldier who killed those families while they slept has only made things worse for the troops out there. Lets see how many U.S. troops and U.S. contractors are killed because of this.

      That is why he deserves to die. What he did is called TREASON.

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    • @ArrestU

      What he did wasn't right, I agree with that, but its not treason.

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    • @JetRanger

      I was mostly blowing off steam when I used the word "treason", but the consequences of his actions are not going to be good.

      I am all for just pulling out not, now because of the violence to come, but because enough is enough.

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  • I like how people blame the Afghans, why are troops still there more than 10 years later? Why is NATO in Afghanistan? Cause they "want" to be there, all they have to do is leave, save time, money and lives and mind your own biusness and everyone wins, but no they insist on occupying another mans land and then blaming them for any problems, typical behavior of an occupying force.

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