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U.S. Tells Its Afghan Workers: No Torture, Corpse Mutilation
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By Spencer Ackerman May 27, 2011 | 11:52 am | Categories: Mercs

Its never a good sign when you have to tell the men guarding your base not to murder civilians, torture detainees or desecrate corpses. But U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are leaving nothing to chance.

The Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan put 10 contracts for perimeter security up for bid on Friday morning. Hired guards, mostly Afghans, will keep watch over anyone who approaches the elite commandos remote outposts. The bases on which theyll work range in size from tiny village support platforms staffed by a mere 12-man A Team to one near Kabuls infamous Pol-e-Charkhi prison, but there are uniform expectations for would-be guards. Some of them read more like baseline conditions for membership in civilized humanity.

So-called Afghan Security Guards are instructed, Do not kill or torture detained personnel. For good measure, if someones taken captive, immediately turn over to U.S., Coalition or . Should they kill someone who poses a threat, there is to be no booby-trapping, burning mutilation of their corpses.

Afghans guarding U.S. bases dont exactly have the best track record. A Senate report last fall found them getting into gun battles with one another for cash and doing favors for warlords and even Taliban. But indications that theyve been murdering civilians, torturing captives and turning dead bodies into gruesome homemade bombs are few and far between. If those cases actually exist, its not stopped the task force from hiring Afghan guards to stand watch over their outposts.

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