Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death | Chicago Reader

Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death

According to documentarian Jamie Doran, American soldiers may have been bystanders to a war crime: as many as 3,000 of the 7,000 Taliban soldiers who surrendered to Afghan forces after the 2001 siege of Kunduz may have died in captivity. Some were reportedly shot with their arms tied behind them; others succumbed to thirst and suffocation while being trucked across the desert in sealed shipping containers (eyewitnesses say when the prisoners screamed for air, their captors thoughtfully ventilated the metal walls with bullets). But Doran's video is visually stale (his primary device is the zoom for emphasis), and a troubling cut from charges of mass murder to footage of the collapse of the Twin Towers implies moral and causal connections between the two events that are never sufficiently explored. The Taliban's own mass slaughter of the Hazara people goes unmentioned. 50 min.

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