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Sayed Zaki Faqerzai
By Sayed Zaki Faqerzai
Ron Paul Institute

For Peace and Prosperity
''Afghan Civilians fear CIA- Backed Death Squads that Can Call in Airstrikes'' , written by Alexander Rubinstein, Monday february 11, 2019:
''Elite CIA-backed special forces in Afghanistan are leaving a trail of carnage in the country. As such units do not operate under the umbrella of the Department of Defense, they have been given near-impunity despite standing accused of war crimes.
Last month, The New York Times cited ''senior Afghan and international officials'' who said that while most strike forces in Afghanistan have been put under the purview of Afghanistan intelligence 2012, two of the most ''ruthless'' units are ''still sponsored mainly by the CIA.''
On Friday, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that at least one of these units has the capability of calling in air strikes.
Of the two special forces units the remain primarily influenced by the CIA, the name of only one was revealed: a group called ''02'' in the Nangarhar Province. The name of the unit in the Khost Province was not revealed. The units are trained and equipped by CIA agents and CIA contractors, and their fighters make three times the salary of a regular Afghan soldier. The unit in Khost is believed to have between 3,000 and 10,000 fighters while 02 is believed to be about 1,000 fighters strong.
A former senior Afghan security official told the Times that the strike forces were guilty of war crimes, while the United Nations has ''expressed concern'' about ''consistent, credible accounts of intentional destruction of civilian property, illegal detention, and other abuses.'' The unnamed unit in Khost was even singled out by UN, which said it operates ''with an absence of transparency and ongoing impunity.''
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