Photos of Brutalities May Affect US, Afghan Ties



The recent release of shocking photographs showing US troops apparently committing brutalities against unarmed Afghan civilians might spark tensions between the US and Afghan governments and provide a boost to the Taliban’s efforts to convince Afghans that foreign soldiers present in the country are a malicious force. Western diplomats and NATO officials in Afghanistan fear that the publication of photos could further undermine ties with President Karzai at a very sensitive time when several incidents of civilian casualties have angered the Karzai administration.

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