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U.S. Soldier Accused Of Afghan Massacre Flown Out Of Country

Afghan demonstrators shout anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in Jalalabad Province on March 13.
Afghan demonstrators shout anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in Jalalabad Province on March 13.
The Pentagon says a U.S. soldier accused of massacring 16 civilians on March 11 in Afghanistan has been transferred out of the country.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the soldier, a sergeant whose name has not been released, was flown out of Afghanistan and transferred to another detention facility based on a "legal recommendation."

Afghan lawmakers have called for the soldier to face public trial in an Afghan court.

But according to a treaty between Kabul and Washington, the U.S. military courts have jurisdiction.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said earlier that the soldier could face the death penalty under U.S. laws if convicted.

The Taliban has called for the soldier to be tried as a war criminal and executed by relatives of the victims.

With Reuters, AP, and AFP reporting
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by: William from: Aragon
March 14, 2012 22:31
A military court recently has convicted Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Mayo of murder in the execution-style slayings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqi detainees in 2007. He faced the possibility of life in prison, along with a reduction in rank to private, forfeiture of all pay and a dishonorable discharge. He was demoted - don't expect too much from the US military system.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1165848/U-S-soldier-convicted-murder-following-execution-style-killing-Iraqi-detainees.html#ixzz1p8InsvKW

by: ahmed from: Manali, HP, India.
March 15, 2012 05:04
News --" The Pentagon says a U.S. soldier accused of massacring 16 civilians on March 11 in Afghanistan has been transferred out of the country. ---"

This is fine. Now how will US diplomacy convince the Afghan parliament about a fair, open, public trial ?

The Taliban will obtain a propaganda advantage from both sides.
The Afghan parliament will be labelled as a * puppet* and the US forces will be declared as being unreasonable, by the Taliban

Either way its a loss.
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by: William from: Aragon
March 15, 2012 21:51
Agreed, Ahmed. An unwritten rule of guerilla warfare is that: if the government is losing then the insurgents must be winning, and if the government isn't winning then the insurgents aren't losing.

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