“But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. Four years later, the Army is also trying to forcibly retire Sgt.“I’m not a hundred percent sure what was happening under the sheet, but I have a pretty good idea of what was going on,” he said.But the American policy of treating child sexual abuse as a cultural issue has often alienated the villages whose children are being preyed upon.When asked about American military policy, the spokesman for the American command in Afghanistan, Col.
It also reflects a reluctance to impose cultural values in a country where pederasty is rife, particularly among powerful men, for whom being surrounded by young teenagers can be a mark of social status.Quinn “felt that morally we could no longer stand by and allow our A. The father of Lance Corporal Buckley believes the policy of looking away from sexual abuse was a factor in his son’s death, and he has filed a lawsuit to press the Marine Corps for more information about it.Lance Corporal Buckley and two other Marines were killed in 2012 by one of a large entourage of boys living at their base with an Afghan police commander named Sarwar Jan. Jan had long had a bad reputation; in 2010, two Marine officers managed to persuade the Afghan authorities to arrest him following a litany of abuses, including corruption, support for the Taliban and child abduction. About two weeks later, one of the older boys with Mr.The police commander acknowledged that it was true, but brushed it off. “I did this to make sure the message was understood that if he went back to the boy, that it was not going to be tolerated,” Mr. There is disagreement over the extent of the commander’s injuries. Quinn said they were not serious, which was corroborated by an Afghan official who saw the commander afterward.(The commander, Abdul Rahman, was killed two years ago in a Taliban ambush.When the American officer began to lecture about “how you are held to a higher standard if you are working with U. forces, and people expect more of you,” the commander began to laugh.“I picked him up and threw him onto the ground,” Mr. His brother said in an interview that his brother had never raped the boy, but was the victim of a false accusation engineered by his enemies.)Sergeant Martland, who received a Bronze Star for valor for his actions during a Taliban ambush, wrote in a letter to the Army this year that he and Mr. to commit atrocities,” referring to the Afghan Local Police.