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  • Exposed: US Troops Forced To Overlook Abuse Of Afghan Boys

    The U.S. military denies reports that American troops were told to ignore Afghan child abusers, even as the Army denied the appeal of an 11-year Green Beret who was ordered discharged after he confronted an alleged child rapist.

    Earlier this year Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland was ordered discharged by Nov. 1. and he has been fighting to stay in, but he was informed Tuesday by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command that he “does not meet the criteria” for an appeal.

    “Consequently, your request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved,” the office wrote in a memo to Martland.

    The memo, dated Sept. 14, comes as the Defense Department comes is underfire amid reports that U.S. soldiers were instructed to look the other way when Afghan troops and officers were sexually abusing boys.

    Dan Quinn, who was a U.S. Army captain at the time helped Martland stop the man from raping the boy back in 2011.

    The incident occurwas first reported by Fox News:

    Very quickly, the Green Berets realized they had a problem with many of the Afghans they were training to become local police officers.

    One day in early September 2011 at their remote outpost, a young Afghan boy and his Afghan-Uzbek mother showed up at camp. The 12-year-old showed the Green Berets where his hands had been tied. A medic took him to a back room for an examination with an interpreter, who told them the boy had been raped by another commander by the name of Abdul Rahman.

    After learning of the meeting, Rahman allegedly beat the boy’s mother for reporting the crime. It was at this point, the Green Berets had had enough. Quinn and Martland went to confront Rahman.

    “He confessed to the crime and laughed about it, and said it wasn’t a big deal. Even when we patiently explained how serious the charge was, he kept laughing,” Quinn said.

    According to reports of the incident, Quinn and Martland shoved Abdul Rahman to the ground. It was the only way to get their point across, according to Quinn. “As a man, as a father of a young boy myself at the time, I felt obliged to step in to prevent further repeat occurrences,” Quinn said.

    Rahman walked away bruised from getting shoved and thrown to the ground, but otherwise okay, according to teammates. But Rahman quickly reported the incident to another Army unit in a nearby village. The next day a U.S. Army helicopter landed and took Quinn and Martland away, ending their work in Kunduz Province.

    Quinn and Martland were relieved of their duties shortly afterward. Quinn has since left the military.

    The actions of Quinn and Martland, against the American-backed police commander displeased their superiors in the U.S. military because they had directly confronted a problematic issue for U.S. forces in Afghanistan: the subculture of bacha bazi, or “boy play,” in which young Afghans are used as sex slaves by grown men.

    The New York Times reported Monday that  U.S. soldier whistleblowers were told to ignore rampant sexual abuse of young boys by Afghan allies, even when it’s taken place on military bases, because “it’s their culture.”

    “In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

    “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

    The Pentagon denies that telling soldiers to look the other way is official practice.

    “Absolutely confident that no such theater policy has ever existed here, and certainly, no such policy has existed throughout my tenure as commander,” Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, maintained in a statement Tuesday.

    He said he expects “any suspicions of sexual abuse will be immediately reported to the chain of command,” and he has personally spoken with President Ashraf Ghani on the issue.

    “I want to make absolutely clear that any sexual abuse or similar mistreatment of others, no matter the alleged perpetrator or victim, is completely unacceptable, and reprehensible,” he said.

    Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is advocating  for Martland’s case and has asked for Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to get involved. Hunter sent a letter to Carter on Monday seeking information on DOD guidance regarding the reporting of child abuse.

    He said he was “gravely concerned” over reports that soldiers were advised to “look the other way.”

    “This is not only unconscionable – frankly, it’s un-American,” he wrote.


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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