American Green Beret Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland was ordered in February to leave the Army by November 1st because he was involved in a physical confrontation with an Afghan Local Police commander he had trained, who was found holding a young boy as a sex slave. This, the latest from a recent damning report that revealed the U.S. Army orders soldiers to ignore what they deem as "cultural" child abuse.
The event in question happened in 2011 when Martland, 33, was deployed to the Kunduz Province in Afghanistan. TruthRevolt previously reported that Martland and fellow soldier Captain Dan Quinn, beat down the Afghan police officer when he laughed about raping a young boy he had chained to his bed. Reportedly, the Afghan man only suffered bruising, and it was stated that they boy's mother may have also been a part of the attack when she threatened to turn the soldiers in.
Quinn was already punished and relieved of his command. He decided to leave the Army for good. However, Martland wanted to stay in service.
But the U.S. Army Human Resources Command sent Martland a memo stating that his case "does not meet the criteria for an appeal." It read, "Consequently, our request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved." He must leave the army by November and will not be allowed to continue his service to his country.
The White House denies that soldiers were commanded to ignore human rights abuses.
"The United States is deeply concerned about the safety and welfare of Afghan boys who may be exploited by members of the Afghan national security and defense forces," said Josh Earnest. "More broadly, protecting human rights, including by countering the exploitation of children, is a high priority for the US government."