The US military officials have said they are investigating a video which purportedly shows a shooting incident in Afghanistan involving a U.S. service member.
“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,” said General Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command.
General Votel further added, “I can assure you that this video does not represent the professionalism or humanity of the men and women of U.S. Central Command. We reject the unprofessional and callous message this video conveys.”
The U.S. defence secretary James Mattis has also been briefed regarding the video and an investigation is underway regarding the incident.
The video that recently went viral on internet purportedly shows heavy clashes in some parts of Afghanistan although the authenticity of the video has not been verified independently so far.
In one part of the video, a soldier is seen opening fire on a truck driver as he is sitting in his parked trucked on a roadside.