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U.S. Soldier Charged With Killing 17 Afghans

U.S. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (left)
U.S. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (left)

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Bales Meets Lawyer Over Afghan Massacre

An attorney for the American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians has described his first face-to-face meeting with Staff Sergeant Robert Bales as one of the most emotional of his life.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, six counts of attempted murder, and other charges in connection with a shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan earlier this month.
Bales, 38, would face a minimum of life imprisonment with the chance of parole, but could face the death penalty if convicted.
He is currently in a military prison at Fort Leavenworth in the U.S. state of Kansas, where he has been held since last week.
The sergeant allegedly left his base in Kandahar Province before dawn on the morning of March 11 and shot 17 Afghan civilians, including nine children, while they slept in their beds, before burning some of the bodies. He was originally suspected of killing 16 villagers before the U.S. military raised the figure.
The incident has caused outrage in Afghanistan at a time when Kabul and Washington are working through the sticking points of an agreement to chart their relations after the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops in 2014.

Afghan officials have reportedly asked the United States for some role in the criminal proceedings against Bales, perhaps as observers. Some parliamentarians and relatives of the victims have demanded that Bales be turned over to the Afghan justice system.
The Taliban, who have waged a decade-long insurgency since they were toppled after the U.S. invasion, told AFP that they planned to speed up attacks on U.S. forces as revenge.
Speaking two days after the shooting, U.S. President Barack Obama called the incident "heartbreaking" and said it does not reflect American values or represent the U.S. military.

"I've directed the Pentagon to make sure that we spare no effort in conducting a full investigation. I can assure the American people and the Afghan people that we will follow the facts wherever they lead us, and we will make sure that anybody who was involved is held fully accountable with the full force of the law," Obama said.
U.S. officials are also working to offer monetary compensation to the families of the shooting victims.
The incident came amid already heightened tensions and anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan after the accidental burning of copies of the Koran at a NATO military base in February.
Some in Washington have since renewed calls for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.
That appears unlikely after the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, told a Congressional hearing this week that favored keeping "significant combat power” in place in Afghanistan in 2013, with 68,000 U.S. troops on the ground.
The Bales case has drawn added attention in the United States to the debate over mental-health care for troops.
Bales was on his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, having served three tours in Iraq, where he suffered head injuries.
Earlier on March 23, Bales' civilian attorney, John Henry Browne, said that he believes the government will have a hard time proving its case and that his client's mental state will be an important issue.
With AFP and AP reports
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 24, 2012 05:17
One can be 100 per cent sure that the guys will be absolved: if you start convicting every gringo who is a criminal, there will be none of them left free soon.
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by: Rick from: Milan
March 24, 2012 13:43
absolved or not absolved

100 per cent never will pay

In italy we still remember about this :

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 25, 2012 05:37
That's true, Rick, I remember this incident that happened in the 1990s: one gringo soldier just for fun flew with a helicopter under this rope that serves to bring cabins with tourists to summits of mountains, cut the rope with one of the helices of his helicopter and about 20 Italians - who at this very momenet were sitting in a cabin that was just sliding along this rope - died. And the gringo never got convicted, nothing. Why do you tolerate these "individuals" in your country? Join the bandwagon: throw them out of Italy the same they are being thrown out of everywhere else these days!
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by: William from: Aragon
March 25, 2012 00:26
It amazes me, Eugenio and Rick, that a government that tells its people that it stands for "freedom and justice" is one of the least just. We have not forgotten the Haditha Massacre in Iraq - in the end one of the participants was found guilty and simply demoted.
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by: rick from: Milan
March 25, 2012 14:45
Usa , a country that since he finsh of World War II
was involved into :

First Indochina War
Korean War
Second Indochina War
Laotian Civil War
Lebanon crisis or Operation Blue Bat
Cambodian Civil War
Invasion of the Dominican Republic
Invasion of Grenada
Lebanese Civil War or Multinational Force in Lebanon
1981 Gulf of Sidra incident
Action in the Gulf of Sidra
Bombing of Libya
Iran-Iraq War or Operation Earnest Will
1989 Gulf of Sidra incident
Invasion of Panama
Gulf War
Iraqi no-fly zones
Somali Civil War or Operation Restore Hope
Bosnian War
Operation Uphold Democracy - Haiti
Bombings of Afghanistan and Sudan
Kosovo War
War in Afghanistan
Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines
Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa
Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara
Operation Iraqi Freedom or Iraq War
War in North-West Pakistan or Operation Freedom Eagle
Second Liberian Civil War
2004 Haitian coup d'état
2011 Libyan civil war

this is the coutry of pace and freedom ....

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by: Anonymous
March 25, 2012 14:52
OR if you prefer
a country that
need over 1000 military bases around the world :

by: shary from: spain
March 26, 2012 16:28
USA is cruel and Evil and manipulate all the countries and who doesn't accept to be manipulate by USA is enemy and USA fight or call allies to create troubles!!........usa used in vietnam glifosato (monsanto) Orange agent to spray and defoliate forest same thing did in my beautiful tropical forest knowing the consequences but Mr. BUSH president doesn't care and destroyed every plant and tree and happened same like vietnam death and congenital deformities......i think usa isn't far from Adolfo hitler mind. USA is a killer and doesn't care who or where and any way this soldier soon walk back on the street or hospital because he was depresive or out of his own mind when he did that and is over. But if is a Arabic go to jail for 300 years or lethal injection

by: shary from: spain
March 26, 2012 16:52
agent orange -Glifosato that mentioned was sprayed to defoliate forest in tropical country forest that country is Colombia in south america USA DID THAT TO STOP AMAPOLA AND COCA TREES FOR PRODUCTION OF DRUGS.......DRUGS STOP OR DROP PRODUCTION IF GRINGOS STOP USING DRUGS. gringos are the hight customers buying drugs also they go there to get it fresh from the plant to their noses or veins

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