26 Nov '17, 3pm

Senate aide: Pentagon tried to block independent report on child sex among Afghan forces

The Pentagon tried to block an independent assessment of child sex abuse crimes committed by Afghan soldiers and police, instead insisting on the creation of its own report offering a far less authoritative review of human rights violations perpetrated by U.S. allies, according to an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Although the report released Nov. 16 by the Defense Department Inspector General's office (DODIG) reached the grim conclusion that, for years, U.S. personnel have been inadequately trained to report such crimes, a parallel investigation by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is thought to contain a much more detailed accounting of the problem's severity. But the results of SIGAR's unreleased inquiry, which was requested by 93 members of Congress in 2015, remain classified at the Pentagon's direction, raising questions about the...

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