Pentagon Denies Directing Troops to Ignore Sex Abuse of Minors in Afghanistan

September 22, 2015 12:55 PM

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Pentagon Denies Directing Troops to Ignore Sex Abuse of Minors in Afghanistan

Washington: The Pentagon denied on Monday that the US military has a policy directing forces to ignore the sexual abuse of minors by Afghan officials, after a newspaper reported that troops were told to look the other way in order to maintain good ties with Afghan allies.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that US service members stationed in Afghanistan had been instructed by superiors not to intervene when they witnessed Afghan police officers and military commanders abusing minors, even when the abuse occurred on military bases.

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