March 15th, 2012
04:26 AM ET

Afghan protesters demand U.S. soldier be tried in Afghanistan

Afghans took to the streets Thursday to demand a U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians be prosecuted in Afghanistan as word spread that the American military moved him out of the country.

The protest came as U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, where the subject of the alleged killings and the recent burning of Qurans by U.S. troops was expected to top discussions.

Panetta was wrapping up a two-day trip, the first by a high-ranking American official since Sunday's killings in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province. Panetta's trip was scheduled before the attacks.

Protesters gathered in Qalat, a city near the two villages at the center of the rampage, in a demonstration organized by religious leaders, according to Muhammad Jan Rasuli, the deputy governor of the Zabul province.


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  1. CenTexan©

    Oh, and after we turn him over....have our military pack up and come home immediately!

    March 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ hope, BRAVO!

    March 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GOD 2012 HE'LL DECIDE


    March 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @god: k*i*n*k*y.. maybe i oughta check this 'god' out..

      OH, his "day". i thought you said his "way"..

      carry on carryin on..

      March 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ron

    @high hopes-thanks and well spoken to you also. first lets focus on the devastating event and those who have forever been scarred by this tragic and senseless act. the outcry , if that happened here as opposed to there, would be deafening and his life would tried convicted AND executed without a thought of ever sending him home. there can be no double standards and there should be none here. do you honestly think a fair trial is possible here? whats fair for 16 counts of murder in the 1st?

    March 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dott

    These young men and women join the military for many reasons. One of the major reasons is love for this country. They are sworn to protecting this country. They do not expect to be sent over seas time and time again. This is a new thing for the USA. None of the wars sent men back a third or fourth time after they returned home. True it was written into the bi-laws of the military that they could but the powers that be never allowed it to happen. It is time for the draft so that ALL people's children have to serve in the military not only the poor ones.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      And I would like to add – maybe those people so eager to start another war, Iran, would think twice if their loved ones or the children of their supporters would have to go to war. .

      March 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Dott,a lot of these kids are unemployed,and are brainwashed by recruiters making them think its a cake walk over there.They find out its not a game,ya can't push reset,if you're shot and start over.They believe its for our country,its not.They say we are there for the afghans democracy,its not,they don't care about democracy.They'd been this way for hundreds of years,you and all of this nation aren't going to change one thing over there ,but one,now they hate US...

      March 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    i wonder why, when you kill somebody in italy or the bahamas, you get tried in italy or the bahamas, and there's not even a debate.. why are we debating this?

    March 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greek American


    Why in the world would you expect this guy to get a trial here? If you go VISIT another country and murder someone, you will be tried THERE! For a recent example, have you ever heard of Amanda Knox? I'm sure you probably wanted her hanged though after you heard that story.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. **cosmicVox *

    The protest was organized by religious leaders. Big surprise. They won't be happy with anything but the death penalty and even if it happens they won't believe it.

    March 16, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. JustMe

    I think he should have been tried there.When I was in the military,if we broke a law in another country,we were tried there.

    March 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. matt

    We put him there, – our justice will suffice.....nothing will bring any of the victims back and leaving him to their brand of justice is unacceptible. none of us know the whole story.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    @matt: we know he murdered 16 civilians in the night, and turned himself in.. we know their system wants him. there are people *we* want them to reveal to us.. and i think sometimes they do..

    if there was any reason for us to still be there, it's certainly gone now. i'd imagine when we spirited away our criminal psycho, any hope of future "cooperation" went with him. that dude will now be killing americans til we are out of there...

    March 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
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