Cruz wants Pentagon's plan to combat alleged Afghan abuse
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"So long as Americans are expected to fight for the security of the Afghan government, the United States has every right to demand that such action be taken, and if the Afghan government proves unwilling to take the necessary action, then the United States should do so itself or be willing to withdraw our Service Members from this appalling situation,” Cruz wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
 
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Wednesday's letter comes after The New York Times reported that some U.S. troops were allegedly told by supervisors to ignore abuse of young boys by Afghan security forces. 
 
While the Pentagon has condemned the abuse of young boys — known as bacha bazi — Cruz said the report suggests a decade-long effort to bolster human rights in Afghanistan is "failing."
 
Army Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, also pushed back against the report earlier this week, saying he is "absolutely confident that no such theater policy has ever existed here, and certainly, no such policy has existed throughout my tenure as commander."
 
Cruz is asking Carter to detail — by Oct. 20 — every allegation since Oct. 1, 2012, of sexual abuse of a minor reported to the chain of command in Afghanistan, how many were allegedly by members of the Afghan military or police force, how many were allegedly by a government official and how many allegedly occurred on a U.S. base or facility. 
 
He also wants to know what actions the U.S. military leadership took in each case, including how many were reported to the Afghan government, how many the Afghan government took action on, how the U.S. military followed up on allegations it referred to Kabul and any prosecutions and convictions. 
 
Cruz is also asking whether a U.S. service member has ever been disciplined, as alleged by The New York Times, for trying to intervene when a minor was being abused by an Afghan national and what steps the United States has taken to address any abuse.