What have U.S. troops in Afghanistan been instructed to do when American-backed Afghan militias sexually abuse boys?
Court records and interviews with American soldiers reveal that U.S. troops have been ordered to ignore the rapes of boys by Afghan militias, because it is their cultural norm. This mandate also applies to rapes that occur on American military bases. U.S. soldiers who have refused to abide by this policy have been disciplined by the military. The U.S. armed forces are under the authority of the President, who is their commander in chief.