Human rights activists accused CIA of supporting Afghan death squads

The CIA said that the Taliban are spreading such disinformation and that all foreign operations of the department are carried out in accordance with the law.

Human rights activists accused CIA of supporting Afghan death squads

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Afghan militants, trained by Central Intelligence Agency agents, “committed mass executions and other grave human rights violations without prosecution,” including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and attacks on medical facilities..
In a report released on Thursday, HRW called on the Afghan government to immediately disband all pro-government paramilitary groups that operate outside the official military. The organization also called on Kabul to investigate all allegations of abuses committed by Afghan security forces and “hold them accountable for war crimes and serious misconduct.”.
The statement also says the US and the Afghan government must “cooperate with independent investigations into all allegations of war crimes and other human rights violations.” The US government, HRW adds, should investigate all government officials involved in the abuses and stop supporting Afghan forces responsible for serious abuses..
HRW has documented 14 cases from late 2017 to mid-2019 in which CIA-backed “strike groups” committed serious offenses during night raids, for example in the southeastern province of Paktia, where an armed group killed 11 people. In some cases, the report says, gunmen detained people and did not tell their families where they were holding prisoners..
The US Central Intelligence Agency denied the HRW report, saying many of the accusations against Afghan special forces are “likely lies or exaggeration.”.

Human rights activists accused CIA of supporting Afghan death squads

CIA spokesman Timothy Barrett said the agency’s overseas operations were “in accordance with the law and under reliable supervision.” Barrett accused the Taliban of spreading disinformation and noted that the militants are not guided by any rules and laws.
“Unlike the Taliban, the US is committed to the rule of law,” added the CIA spokesman. “We do not condone and do not knowingly participate in illegal activities, we continue to work with our foreign partners, contributing to the observance of laws,” the statement said..
Afghan armed groups have received support from the CIA since the 1980s Afghan War, which was fought between the Taliban and Soviet troops. This support is now seen as a critical tool in the fight against the Taliban and Islamic State militants. These armed groups officially operate under the protectorate of the Afghan National Security Directorate, but they are often independent from the country’s authorities. In a conversation with HRW, one of the diplomats called them “death squads”.

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