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CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — Spc. Jaime Adame carried the young girl across the airfield, her tiny, gauze-wrapped body cradled in a polyester blanket, his camouflage rippling in the winds of the waiting Blackhawk.
“What’s wrong?” shouted Staff Sgt. Christopher Meece, the crew chief, above the roar of the helicopter as Adame handed him the child.
“Another one,” he said grimly.
Amid the ruinous injuries from roadside bomb blasts and gunshot wounds typical of this war lies a hidden horror facing the air ambulance teams operating across Afghanistan. All too often they are called
Worse, the medevac crews worry that the high number of abuse cases are more than just the consequence of a conservative society with strong patriarchal traditions — they worry the high number of cases are part of a strategy.
“It’s a tactic we see the enemy using, injuring these children or female civilians,” said Sgt. Billy Raines, an experienced medic and father of three girls. “They bring them to the local combat outpost, and at that point they gain access to a U.S. military facility. Then they get a flight on our helicopter so they understand how we fly.”
Still, Adame acknowledged that such a tactic has turned some of his patients into Trojan horses, whose very vulnerability is their disguise.
“Do I think that they are hurting their own children as a way of turning them into a weapon?” he said. “Yeah, I think so.”
Originally posted by deltaboy
reply to post by bsbray11
The UN has already claimed that the Taliban is responsible for the majority of the civilian lives. IEDs, carbombs, and assassinations have led to the majority of deaths. Thanks to the tied up of airstrikes, we can easily tell that the Taliban is responsible for most of the civilian deaths.
Originally posted by Expat888
Something very fishy about that story... Sounds more like yet another attempt to dehumanise the afghans and "justify" the u.s presence... Quite obvious those in d.c and langley have no understanding of the culture of people in the region and are starting to grasp at straws... Unfortunately the american public is stupid enough to believe the # d.c and langley put out regarding the customs, culture and people in that region ... More lies to cover their arses and keep troops in afghanistan protecting poppy fields for C(aught) I(n the) A(ct)...