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Video of Afghanistan shooting prompts U.S. military investigation

Video of Afghanistan shooting prompts U.S. military investigation”

A leaked helmet camera video out of Afghanistan showing a USA soldier shooting an Afghan civilian driving a truck has been removed from social media sites, and led to a promise of an investigation by the Pentagon.

The controversial shooting portion of the video lasts only a few seconds and shows an armored military vehicle passing a civilian truck.

USA news outlet Politico first reported the existence of the video, and officials said the investigation began as soon as they were notified.

The troops in the video wear uniforms typical of special operations forces such as Green Berets, SEALs, Rangers and Marine raiders.

The footage then appears to show someone from the military vehicle firing at the truck driver, shattering the driver-side window.

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"The video in question is not official, not authorised and does not represent the professionalism of the service members of US Central Command". It shows only the forearm, gloved hands and the gun. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the command, says he is disappointed in the video, and is concerned that the American people and the Afghans will believe US troops "are callous and indifferent" to the suffering of innocent people.

"We take these allegations very seriously", Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., said Thursday.

US military officials also emphasized that protecting civilians remains a top priority. According to Politico, the video contained footage allegedly captured by USA troops fighting Daesh's affiliate in Afghanistan.

Discussing the footage, Army General Joseph Votel, head of Central Command, added: "I have reviewed the video and I am disappointed and also concerned that the American people, our Coalition partners, the Afghan government, and the Afghan people will believe that American service members are callous and indifferent to the horrors of war or the suffering of innocent people trapped in conflict".

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