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An American soldier has pleaded guilty to being part of a “kill team” who deliberately murdered Afghan civilians for sport last year.

Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock, 23, told a military court he had helped to kill three unarmed Afghans. “The plan was to kill people, sir,” he told an army judge in Fort Lea, near Seattle, after his plea.

The case has caused outraged headlines around the world. In a series of videotaped confessions to investigators, some of which have been broadcast on American television, Morlock detailed how he and other members of his Stryker brigade set up and faked combat situations so that they could kill civilians who posed no threat to them. Four other soldiers are still to come to trial over the incidents.

The case is a PR disaster for America’s military and has been compared to the notorious incidents of torture that emerged from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. This week the German magazine Der Spiegel published three pictures that showed American soldiers, including Morlock, posing with the corpse of a young Afghan boy as if it were a hunting trophy.

Some soldiers apparently kept body parts of their victims, including a skull, as souvenirs. In a statement issued in response to the publication of the photos the US army apologised to the families of the dead. “[The photos are] repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States army,” the statement said.

Morlock has told investigators that the murders took place between January and May last year and were instigated by an officer in his unit, Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs. He described how elaborate plans were made to pick out civilian targets, kill them and then make their deaths look like they were insurgents. In his confession Morlock described shooting a victim as Gibbs tossed a grenade at him. “We identify a guy. Gibbs makes a comment, like, you know, you guys wanna wax this guy or not,” Morlock said in the confession.

Morlock now stands to be sentenced to at least 24 years in jail but with eligibility for parole after seven years. That has come about because Morlock struck a plea bargain that will see a lighter sentence in return for testifying against his fellow soldiers.

Source: Guardian

We ask Allaah to humiliate those who harm the believers, Aameen.

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  1. bintfulaan March 25, 2011 at 3:46 am Reply Tweet

    Aameen thumma aameen

    24 years? Justice will be done on that Day

    "Whoever does not feel anything for our brothers and sisters suffering across the world should question if they really are a member of the ummah of Muhammad (salAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)"


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  2. ... March 25, 2011 at 3:52 am Reply Tweet

    Inna lilaahi wa inna 'ilayhi Raji'oon. Indeed Allaah is swift in account and the most severe in Punishment.

    This is the west that wants to teach Islam and Muslims civilization? They make me sick!


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  3. - March 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm Reply Tweet

    bismillahir rahmaanir raheem

    fa sabrun jameel.

    may i remind you insha'allah, that everything that happens from one stretch of the world to the other, from the north to the south from the east to the west, happens under the watch of allah. so sabrun jameel, this ummah will rise again.

    we brought this to your attention so that you may raise your hands in du'aa, so that you may reflect upon your own state of affairs, to show gratitude for that which allah [swt] has protected you from, and to reflect upon our sins. we do not say that our sins have directly caused palestine, or iraq, or afghanistan, or all the other torture the muslim nations are currently being afflicted with, but we do say this: our sins delay the help of allah.

    Bear in mind that your Lord has made a promise like no other. He tells you, jalla wa ala, "…those who emigrated and were driven out from their homes, and suffered harm in My Cause, and who fought, and were killed (in My Cause), verily, I will remit from them their evil deeds and admit them into Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise); a reward from Allah, and with Allah is the best of rewards."

    And it goes on.

    a question was presented to sheikh olayan in relation to this matter -the affliction of the muslims of libya – and from what i recall he responded by focusing almost entirely on the muslims working righteousness, turning back to allah and being steadfast. so exercise patience, beautiful patience, and know that Allah will help.

    If you, and indeed I, if we sincerely desire to aid the muslims, then let us increase in our good deeds, let us call on allah and keep our duty to Him, let us adhere to the sunnah, excel in our mannerisms, let us give in charity and most importantly, let us keep them in our du'aas.

    All that is good and correct is from Allah alone, the mistakes are our own. If we have erred in someway please bring this to our attention, for the deen is naseeha.

    Allah [swt] is a witness over us, and Allah knows best.

    In the care of Allah,

    Wassalaamu'alaikum wa rahmatullah


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  4. - March 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm Reply Tweet

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