News Release

Soldier Refuses Afghanistan Deployment

U.S. Army Specialist Victor Agosto has received a court martial for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan.

Jamail, an independent journalist who has covered Iraq extensively, is author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said today: “Specialist Agosto stands as a model for soldiers who refuse to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan. By following both the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which orders soldiers not to obey illegal orders, and his clear articulation that, as a soldier, he believes the order to deploy to either occupation to be illegal, his patriotism is clear. His stand has already caused another soldier, Sergeant Travis Bishop, to also refuse orders to deploy to Afghanistan.” For Jamail’s recent article on Agosto see “Afghanistan War Resister to ‘Put the War on Trial.’

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167