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US turning a blind eye to Northern Alliance atrocities: Reports

Ajit Jain in Toronto

There's a growing concern that the United States is turning its blind eye to atrocities being committed by the Northern Alliance against the Taleban, especially against foreigners, mostly Pakistanis, Arabs and Chechens, who have fought for the Taleban.

"The United States has turned a blind eye to what's going on," said Peter Rosenthal, University of Toronto law professor.

"There's been a signal to the Northern Alliance they can do what they want (with prisoners)," he added.

Therefore, at peace talks in Germany, Northern Alliance leaders have to be emphatically told by the United Nations and other groups, that they are committing atrocities and that must be stopped, he said.

In an editorial Toronto Star pointed out the Northern Alliance 'have summarily executed wounded foreign Taleban prisoners in Kunduz, and killed 100 Taleban at a Mazar-e-Sharif school as they reportedly tried to surrender'.

"This anarchy is troubling to Canadians, and surely to the rest of the world. Rather than wink at Northern Alliance crimes, as (US) Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld seemed to do yesterday, Washington should join the United Nations in warning that alliance leaders undermine their claim to leadership by tolerating anarchy and murder..." the Canadian daily argued.

"The implication that a dead enemy is better than a live one will not have been lost on the murderous warlords of the Alliance," wrote the Times of London.

"If they think they can get away with killing their Taleban prisoners, they will do so," the daily said.

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