US bans alcohol at army bases in Afghanistan

From PressTV:

A top US commander has banned alcohol at its headquarters in Kabul after troops were found to be too drunk in the wake of a recent deadly air strike in Afghanistan.

US General Stanley McChrystal tried to contact his subordinates after a NATO strike killed 125 civilians, but too many had been “partying it up”, the Times reported.

Based on report, McChrystal admonished the staff for not having “their heads in the right place” a few hours after the lethal attack in the war-ravaged country.

The senior commander has reportedly put a ban on drinking after troops could not respond quickly to a new lethal bombing.

At least 125 people, many of whom were civilians, were killed and scores of others injured on Friday after NATO warplanes targeted stolen fuel tankers on orders of a German commander in the northern Kunduz province.

The NATO command said the air raid had targeted two fuel tankers allegedly hijacked by Taliban-linked militants.

The incident drew international condemnation and world leaders called for a probe into the air strike.

Pressure is mounting on the US and its western allies to pull out troops from the country amid growing civilians and troops’ causalities.


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