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Updated: March 30, 2011 17:24 IST

Karzai blasts U.S. troops for gruesome Afghan deaths

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai. File photo: AP.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai. File photo: AP.

Afghanistan’s president says U.S. soldiers charged with murder in the deaths last year of three unarmed Afghans had killed them for entertainment, after taking drugs.

Hamid Karzai condemned the actions of five soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade. The troops have been charged in the United States with murder and conspiracy in the slaying of three men in southern Afghanistan.

The remarks on Wednesday were Mr. Karzai’s first public comments on the issue that came to light after a series of graphic photos showing the soldiers from an Olympia, Washington—based platoon, posing next to the dead Afghan bodies.

Some of the photos have appeared in Rolling Stone magazine and the German news magazine Der Spiegel.

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