Bush administration officials attempted to suppress investigations into the mass execution of prisoners in Afghanistan by a warlord allied with the United States, according to reports.
The New York Times reported that senior officials from the administration of president George W. Bush discouraged separate probes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department and the Pentagon, into the killing of up to 2000 prisoners by the forces of General Abdul Rashid Dostam.
The killings took place in late November 2001, shortly after the invasion that ousted Kabul’s Taliban government.
Prisoners captured by General Dostam’s forces after a major battle in northeastern Kunduz province were allegedly packed into shipping containers and left to suffocate, or were shot through the container walls, before being buried in mass graves.
Estimates on the number of people killed have ranged from several hundred to several thousand.