March 12th, 2012
03:26 AM ET

Taliban promises revenge for U.S. soldier's shooting spree

The Afghan Taliban said Monday that its fighters would exact revenge for 16 people left dead after an American soldier went on a house-to-house shooting spree in two villages a day earlier.

Describing U.S. forces as "sick minded American savages," the Taliban said in a statement on its website that it would mete out punishment for the "barbaric actions." The Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist movement, has battled the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan for a decade.

U.S. officials have expressed shock and sadness over the attack, while Afghan leaders have angrily condemned it. President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan called it an "unforgivable" crime, noting that nine of the dead were children.

The killings have fueled fears of intensified ire directed at international forces in the country following deadly riots over the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops late last month.

The soldier, an army staff sergeant, acted alone and turned himself in after opening fire on civilians, according to officials from NATO's International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF. He is now in U.S. custody as investigators try to establish what motivated him.

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  1. Savekids

    Yes, unfortunately USA Army does not thoroughly learn each soldiers' mental disorders. They are all young soldiers and they ve never faced towards death and life. Afghan people have been seeing the war for long years, but most young US soldiers first time. The excuse is not enough for this Mr. Obama, 9children were killed by hands of your official whom your laws and regulations authorized him to serve in Afghanistan. I will pray for this slaughtered innocent Afghan children and people but the blood on hands of your government. When will USA stop the war? Why american people do not raise and think about why their economy going down?

    March 12, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. RevNowWhileWeCan

    Many more soldiers will die because of these "revenge killings" and the only way is to say we're sorry and come up with a plan with the Afgan government for an immediate withdrawl of all forces as an olive branch. This will show the Afganies that we are truely sorry even tho behind the scenes we will continue covert missions with special forces and we will still get done what we are there to do which is continued oversight of the drug trade. This will keep the powers that we work with in control while giving the illusion to the Afgan people that once again they have there country back free of western influence.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    Pull all troops out. Stop butting into other countries business. Let them kill each other. We waste money in countries and get no profit out of it.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      Too simple but how will Halliburton make any money if we are not at war? Vote Republican in November and we will be at war with Iran.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john e morgan

    I am outraged at our responce to the tragidy. in Afganistan. We! Have we forgotten our own tragidy!!! We need to remind them why we are in there country in the first place. Did we recieve an appology from tha Arab world??? This was one man going off. We ARE sorry, but this cannot lead us down another road of war. Lets stand for our own casualties. PLEASE

    March 12, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • bananasy©

      How much blood is enough for 9/11?
      Bear in mind, I had family and friends perish that day...
      How much blood is enough?

      March 12, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. bananasy©

    Can we PLEASE get the hell out of the ME?

    Look what this bs war has done, to our troops and their citezens...
    We need to get out NOW!

    March 12, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. bananasy©

    OBL is dead, hamsta.
    We don't need any ore of our troops dying.
    Please be a "man" and put on a uniform yourself, tough guy.
    Show all of us "dweebs" just how wrong we are in wishing no more of our troops death.

    Not to mmention, this is the Taliban we are talking about here, not Al Quaeda.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    YES, BRING EVERYONE HOME TODAY!!! The biggest problem are these multiple tours. You cannot expect a normal human to be thrown into war, 24/7, watching people get killed and blown to pieces, and think they will be OK.
    For the people of these countries these are normal events. Their history and religion approves of killing, even their own! Yes, I feel sorry for the children, but lets not forget that "children" are brainwashed into beleiving that killing will get them to heaven. This is just a never ending mess, and once again we need to just leave and let them kill each other off.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    Oh. Gee. Does this mean the Taliban would have done nothing, if only this killing spree had not happened? Well, no, because they already vowed revenge over the Koran burnings. These people would vow revenge if a soldier buys the last felafel from a street vendor. Who cares what they say. Nothing we do makes it any better or any worse.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You are right, Bombo.
      The Taliban needs no excuse.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes

      I ageee, too. Fighting a war against an invisible enemy who are too cowardly to put on a uniform. They all lOOk like civilians, so where do you draw the line? We talk about post traumatic stress syndrome like we're the only ones who are susceptible to it, while THEY have gone, truly, MAD!

      Forget about trying to figure them out. Don't waste your breath with apologies. Just bring our troops home.

      March 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hamsta

    of course our unamerican president will go on an apology you see the terrorists apologizing?NO THEY JUST KEEP BLOWING THEMSELVES UP TO KILL CIVILIANS.sure it was wrong of that soldier to kill civilians but an apology will embolden the enemy and they will just kill more enemies.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't recall; did you serve?

      March 12, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Sofa King

      I don't think he'll apologize this time. It didn't work last time.

      March 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hamsta

    @banasy my brother just got home from afghanistan.he agrees with the things i say.he says pulling out early completely wastes all the effort he and his military buddies have put forth.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hamsta

    @banasy just to let you know my life and my job scare the crap out of my brother.he says that as a soldier he has friends to watch his back and a gun to shoot back with.i have neither.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. geena peeg

    You tell 'em hamsta, don't let the primates get you down.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jerr-bill

    You said it rodents, I'm with youse.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ma & pa

    We love peace..hate war. Those who attacked us won't quit until they run everyone, unless they're stopped somewhere. That 'somewhere' should be where they are before they have advanced to here. The terrorists should be stopped by the governance of the country they are in so the citizens can live. If we run away before anti-terrorist governments are in control, noone has safety and terrorists will be snapping at our heels. It's "magical thinking" to expect peaceful co-existence with terrorists who do not share the values of "family of mankind". They are directly opposed to that family of happiness.....we are so sick of all this provocation and killing and wonderful lives lost to protect our freedom. Quitting before this sickening job is done, throws away all the lives lost in its cause.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ma & pa

    And the worst is, the "winds-of-war" are never entirely still...only quieting to regroup where patience, forgiveness, truth and love are not valued.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
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