US military exchanges ban video game allowing Taliban to take pot shots at US soldiers

Washington, Sep 4 (ANI): The "Medal of Honor" video game, which reportedly allows players to assume the role of Taliban fighters to kill US soldiers, will not be stocked at military exchanges as it includes depictions of violence toward American troops in Afghanistan.

Many service members looking forward to the October release of the new video game will have to buy it from outside the military.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, joined by the Coast Guard Community Services Command, were the first to announce this week that it would not allow sales of the game on any of its 181 exchanges in the US and abroad, or its online site.

A statement issued by Army and Air Force Exchange Service Commander Major General Bruce Casella said the decision was made "out of respect to those we serve."

"We regret any inconvenience this may cause authorized shoppers, but are optimistic that they will understand the sensitivity to the life and death scenarios this product presents as entertainment," ABC News quoted the statement, as reading.

But service members are free to buy the games elsewhere.

Due out October 12, this latest edition in the "Medal of Honor" series has already earned its fair share of controversy.

Military families and world leaders alike have denounced the game for its reported realistic violence.

Service spokesman Judd Anstey said "Medal of Honor" was one of many products the command has decided not to stock over the years. (ANI)

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