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Hairy Jello 04-28-2016 07:54 PM

Army retains decorated Green Beret it planned to kick out over confronting Afghan chi
 
Thank God. Been following this story for a while.

Basically one of our soldiers roughed up an Afghan commander when he found out he'd been repeatedly raping little boys. Apparently the military didn't give a f*ck and were gonna kick the Green Beret out.

Pressure was put on the Obama admin to step in and stop this atrocity from happening, but of course our Coward in Chief declined to intervene because Muslim kiddie rapists trump American soldiers. Besides, Obama has been more concerned with making sure Bergdahl gets off.

Army retains decorated Green Beret it planned to kick out over confronting Afghan child rapist | Fox News

EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Army decided late Thursday to retain a decorated Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused of raping a boy over the course of many days.

Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland, confirmed the Army's decision to retain him when reached by Fox News, who has been covering the story in depth for the past eight months and first broke the story of the Army's decision in August to kick out Martland over the incident, which occurred in northern Afghanistan in 2011.

"I am real thankful for being able to continue to serve," said Martland when reached on the telephone by Fox News. "I appreciate everything Congressman Duncan Hunter and his Chief of Staff, Joe Kasper did for me."

As first reported by Fox News, while deployed to Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander in 2011 accused of raping an Afghan boy and beating his mother. When the man laughed off the incident, they shoved him to the ground.

Martland and his team leader were later removed from the base, and eventually sent home from Afghanistan. The U.S. Army has not confirmed the specifics of Martland's separation from service citing privacy reasons, but a “memorandum of reprimand” from October 2011 obtained by Fox News makes clear that Martland was criticized by the brass for his intervention after the alleged rape. Asked for comment in September 2015, an Army spokesman reiterated, "the U.S. Army is unable to confirm the specifics of his separation due to the Privacy Act."

An Army spokesman said Thursday that Martland's status has been changed, allowing him to stay in the Army in a statement to Fox News.

"In SFC Martland’s case, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records determination modified a portion of one of SFC Martland’s evaluation reports and removed him from the QMP list, which will allow him to remain in the Army," said Lt. Col. Jerry Pionk.

Martland's former Special Forces team leader, now out of the Army and living in New York said the Army is a better place with Martland in its ranks.

"This is not just a great victory for SFC Martland and his family- I’m just as happy that he can continue to serve our country and inspire his peers, subordinates and officers to be better soldiers. Charles makes every soldier he comes in contact with better and the Army is undoubtedly a better organization with SFC Martland still in its ranks," said Martland's former team leader Danny Quinn when reached by Fox News Thursday.

"The Army did the right thing and we won--the American people, won," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. in a phone interview with Fox News. "Martland is who we want out there."

Lawmakers were not the only ones who supported Martland's case.

One famous Hollywood actor also weighed in.

Harvey Keitel of Pulp Fiction and Revervoir Dogs fame also asked the Army to reconsider their decision.

Quinn is a 2003 graduate of West Point.

Martland grew up south of Boston, in Milton, Mass. An all-state football player in high school, he set his sights on playing college football after graduating in 2001. Martland went for the Florida State University team, which just finished a season ranked fourth in the nation.

He made the team, impressing legendary head coach Bobby Bowden and famed defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. Still, he often remained on the sidelines.

When Pat Tillman, a former NFL football player who volunteered for the Army Rangers, was killed in Afghanistan in 2004, he saw Tillman's sacrifice as motivation to apply for another elite program.

Martland dropped out of college and graduated in 2006 from Special Forces Qualification Course, one of the U.S. military's toughest training programs. Over the years he became a jumpmaster, combat diver and sniper.

After a deployment to Iraq in 2008, he deployed to Afghanistan in January 2010 as part of a 12-man unit. He and his team found themselves fighting large numbers of Taliban militants in volatile Kunduz Province.

In 2014, three years after being sent home from Afghanistan, Martland was runner-up Special Warfare Training Group Instructor of the Year from a pool of 400 senior leaders in Special Forces.

FoxNews.com's Judson Berger contributed to this report.


Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

waltky 11-18-2017 05:03 AM

Re: Army retains decorated Green Beret it planned to kick out over confronting Afghan
 
UPDATE:

Lookit what dey changed policy to now...
:eek
Report: U.S. troops told to ignore child rape by Afghan security forces
Nov. 17, 2017 -- Afghan security forces supported by the U.S. military raped children but American troops were told to ignore it, according to a report by the Pentagon's inspector general Thursday.
Quote:

The Department of Defense began the investigation in 2015 after several media reports alleged the U.S. military ignored the practice to facilitate the Pentagon's mission in Afghanistan. The investigation found there was no written guidance or policy telling U.S. personnel not to report such behavior, but that it was best for it to be left alone. Interviewed subjects said they had heard about the abuse and reported it to their superiors, but "In some cases, the interviewees explained that they, or someone whom they knew, were told that nothing could be done about child sexual abuse because of Afghanistan's status as a sovereign nation, that it was not a priority for the command, or that it was best to ignore the situation and to let the local police handle it," the report stated.

The report quoted several interviewees who were told that the abuse problem was a cultural issue and the U.S. military couldn't do anything to stop it. But once news media, including The New York Times, began reporting the abuse among Afghan forces, there was more concern. "The initial reaction of the staff was 'we don't really care about this, and we're not going to do anything about it.' Then, after the New York Times article came out, and the issue got traction, we had to pay attention to it," one interviewee said.

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Thursday, a Pentagon inspector general report found that U.S. troops were told to ignore child sex abuse by Afghan security forces.

In that article, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. reportedly called his father to discuss the problem. "At night we can hear them screaming, but we're not allowed to do anything about it," father Gregory Buckley Sr. remembered his son saying. "My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it's their culture."

Buckley Jr. was shot to death at his base in 2012, about two weeks after he began expressing concern about the abuse. The inspector general report recommended that the Department of Defense determine whether child rape by Afghan security forces constitutes "gross violations of human rights that require further review by United States Forces-Afghanistan or the Gross Violation of Human Rights Forum."

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