The Pentagon’s Inspector General is looking into a spate of recent reports regarding U.S. military commanders’ mishandling of child sexual assault cases in Afghanistan since 2011.
According to a memorandum posted online Wednesday, the inspector general’s initial research into the issue is meant to establish certain criteria for “potential future work.”
The watchdog’s interest in the matter is just one more element in a longstanding problem that has plagued U.S. forces and their Afghan allies for years. The issue, however, was recently brought to light in September when The New York Times published a report that highlighted U.S. service members’ encounters with Afghan troops who were sexually assaulting young boys.
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