March 11th, 2012
01:44 AM ET

ISAF: U.S. service member detained for shooting at Afghans

A U.S. service member was detained Sunday after he shot at Afghan civilians in Kandahar province, the NATO-led coalition said.

Capt. Justin Brockhoff with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the incident took place off base and wounded "multiple" civilians.

The injured Afghans were being treated in ISAF facilities.

Brockhoff said officials do not yet have a motive for the shooting, which is under investigation by both NATO and Afghan officials.

"This is a deeply regrettable incident and we extend our thoughts and concerns to the families involved," a statement from ISAF said.

Kandahar has been one of the areas that has seen protests and deadly violence since news emerged late last month that U.S. troops mistakenly burned Qurans and other religious materials.

Civilian casualties as a result of action by the NATO-led international coalition have long caused anger in Afghanistan, adding pressure on international forces to withdraw.

The international force has said avoiding civilian casualties is a high priority.

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  1. saywhat

    MSNBC " American soldier kills 16 Afghan civilians in their homes, going house to house at night".

    This is what war and a war without a clear strategy or cause or end does to people.
    We have seen insanity baring its fangs again & again in the past decade and are feeling its putrid breath now in the context of Iran.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    a silencer whould have helpped...

    March 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. High Hopes

    I agree with Say What:

    War has many casualties, besides death.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    It seems like some of these soldiers are losing it! How can they not, after what they've experienced!? Also, they've heard the drawback orders, have told soldiers/friends good bye & are probably freakin' out waiting & being on hold! War is some nasty business & if we ever send our troops out there again, we better be dam.ned certain, a) theres a Good reason, b) there really are WMDs/holed up terrorists/threat to our nation & civilians, otherwise the toll it takes on these heartbreakingly young soldiers, providing they live to make it back home, is Not worth it!!

    March 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. theZOOtrainersareWELLPAID

    Well... Jim... (FOX and ALL the rest) "back to sports" BAMA LOVES his basettball

    March 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gunnygene

    I saw this kind of thing in '65,'66 – and worse. This soldiers life is over. Suicide, life without possibility of parol, or execution is a foregone conclusion. Been going on for centuries. The aftermath is what we should be concerned with. It's going to get a lot bloodier.

    March 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    We need to get our troops out of a war that is pointless, except for the very rich.
    This will now result in yet more retaliation, and yet more loss of life for our troops, and the innocents that are always killed in these kinds of is the most viscious of circles...
    There are no winners in a war.
    Just those left behind to bury their dead...and even then,their safety is not guartanteed, re: the Pakistani funeral thread.
    Sick world, sick people, sick leaders.

    March 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Typo: guaranteed, vicious.

      March 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ronvan

    NO ONE should be surprised anymore! RAMBO's are a movie fiction. You cannot put a human being into a constant, 24/7 war environment, for multiple tours, and be stupid enough to beleive that humanity, even the best, will not be degraded into hell! GET our troops home NOW! We are not going to change anything!

    March 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Portland tony

    This is the true beginning of the end! Regardless of the man's motivation, we do not belong in trying to build a nation whose culture is so far removed from ours. If democracy is to come to those nations we are trying to "educate" it will come by evolution, not by armed mandate. Who knows what thoughts ran through this individual's mind, but we as a nation put him there along with his rage!

    March 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dott

    Stop sending our troops on multiple tours to that God Forsaken he!! hole. They can only take so much and then they fip out. I feel so sorry for him and of course for those he killed. Until our Military is brought home to defend this nation and stop trying to protect the world more of this may happen. One tour over there is one too many.

    March 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SAVIOR

    Can u blame the Guy? This is not you typical war where u know who the enemy with the burning of a book a lot of Afghans want to kill any U.S soldier they see.this poor Guy lives in constant fear for his life his commanding officers should have seen the signs there was a problem with this Guy.he is a victim not a murderer.we need to get all troops out of there regroup..cause you know the killing of the 16or so civilians wont sit well with the Afghanistan people and this could grow to something far as the shooter get him home Ger him help don't put him away for life ..he is a hero in my eyes and should get a medal for having made it out alive..

    First rule of war..old men talk while young men die.

    March 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Puhleez

      Hero? 16 murdered. 9 women and children. All in their sleep. You have to be a sick person to say what you just said. Supporting America and her troops does not mean excusing a massacre or giving the guy who did it medal. Get help.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    To those who feel soldiers "know what they get themselves into" I recomend "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien! It is such a succinct portrayal of the toll of war we don't see! Dead & wounded soldiers/civilians are too in your face to miss, but the mental anguish, guilt & self destruction of our troops is too often glossed over! How do you take a young man/woman who has been taught all the good,civilized ways of behavior & teach them to suspend what they hold as truth, send them into combat where they experience something no human should! The fact that many of them are barely 20 years old, somehow makes it worse! Mr. O'Brien makes the Soldiers stories come alive & lets us know how deeply the sword of war cuts!!

    March 12, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. carrie

    War is hell....Send the troops home. Instead of them changing their way of life to conform to democracy our troops are changing to reflect the bloodletting that has gone on there for centuries. What president in his right mind could watch this unfold and not be torn through to the very core of his conscience? There is no excuse for leaving united state citizens in that hell hole.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    this is sick, and people making excuses for this psycho is sick, too. didn't we just talk about this? vet killing people at home?

    there is no excuse for this disregard of human life.. what, shell shock? a few hundred thousand, that had been in the same position, didn't do this.

    the monsters are not only making our soldiers look bad, they are risking the lives of everyone, not just soldiers.. now tweedle dum might want to fly a plane into the sears tower..

    murdering women and children in their sleep? who's the poor baby?

    March 12, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |