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U.S. soldier to be charged with 17 Afghan murders

WASHINGTON — A US soldier will be charged with 17 counts of murder stemming from the killings of civilians in a rampage in southern Afghanistan, a US official said Thursday. The official, confirming the murder charges on condition of anonymity, also said Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales would be charged…

U.S. soldier seen as ‘level-headed’ before massacre

The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians during a shooting rampage was known to friends and family as “level-headed,” his lawyers said Saturday as they planned to meet with him next week. The suspect, identified as 38-year-old US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, had served three combat tours…

Alleged Afghan shooter identified in U.S. media

WASHINGTON — The US soldier who allegedly shot and killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan was identified Friday by a US official, and a picture emerged of a battle-hardened veteran who saw tough battles in Iraq. US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales had served three combat tours in Iraq, and was…

US soldier upset by comrade’s injury before rampage

The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers was upset by a serious injury sustained by an army comrade the day before the massacre, but held no animosity toward Muslims, his lawyer has said. The 38-year-old army sergeant, being held in Kuwait, was also unhappy about being sent to…

‘Barefoot bandit’ lawyer to represent Afghanistan shooter

LOS ANGELES — A lawyer best known for defending the audacious “Barefoot Bandit” said Thursday he is set to defend the US soldier accused of killing 16 villagers in southern Afghanistan. Attorney John Henry Browne said he spoke with the soldier by phone, and hopes to meet him soon soon,…

U.S. gives $1 million to anti-drugs drive in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it has contributed $1 million to a United Nations program to help probe, arrest and prosecute drug traffickers working in Afghanistan and Central Asia. The United States gave the funds Wednesday in Vienna to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Regional…

Pentagon chief laments Koran burning, U.S. shooting

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday called the Koranburning and killing of 16 Afghans “deeply troubling” incidents that had challenged the war effort in Afghanistan. Visiting Afghanistan just days after a shooting spree by a US soldier, he insisted that NATO and Afghan forces were making progress and had to stay focused on…

Jack Cafferty: Military-industrial complex has this country by the throat

CNN commentator Jack Cafferty railed against the United States’ ongoing involvement in Afghanistan following the alleged murder of 16 Afghan civilians by a rogue U.S. soldier. “How much is enough?” he said Tuesday. “The United States has been in Afghanistan for more than ten years. And President Obama insists we…

U.S. soldier could get death for Afghan shootings

The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans could be executed if convicted, the Pentagon chief said, as President Barack Obama warned a war-weary public against a rushed exit from Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters aboard his plane en route to Kyrgyzstan that the shooting suspect would be…

Obama and Cameron to discuss end of ‘lead combat role’ in Afghanistan

By Nicholas Watt David Cameron and Barack Obama will on Wednesday agree to tentative plans for British and US troops to end their “lead combat role” in Afghanistan by the middle of next year. Their meeting comes amid growing anger in Afghanistan over the killing of 16 civilians on Sunday…

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