CIVILIAN CASUALTIES/HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
According to a Human Rights Watch report published in March 2004, “US forces regularly use military means and methods during arrest operations in residential areas where law enforcement techniques would be more appropriate. This has resulted in unnecessary civilian casualties and may in some cases have involved indiscriminate or disproportionate force in violation of international humanitarian law.”
The report added that numerous civilians that had nothing to do with war have been forcibly arrested by the US military and subjected to brutal torture, and at times death during detention at secret torture bases.
Human Rights Watch routinely accuses the US occupation forces in Afghanistan of violating international humanitarian law and human rights laws by mistreating and torturing suspects. It has cited several cases recorded in detention centres where suspects were held incommunicado and without any charge for several years.
There are also detailed incidents in the report which mention the deaths and casualties suffered by women and children during raids conducted by US occupation forces across Afghanistan and especially in southern Afghanistan.
It is a common knowledge that US marines desecrate copies of Holy Quran, a very holy possession for Afghans, during their raids and steal money, jewellery and other valuable possessions of poor civilians. However, the US command routinely denies eye-witness reports and dismisses demands of investigations.