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Lawyer cites PTSD to defend U.S. soldier in Afghan killings

LOS ANGELES — The lawyer for a US soldier charged with killing 17 villagers in southern Afghanistan said Wednesday he will cite Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to defend the serviceman. Attorney John Henry Browne added that prosecutors will have trouble proving their case against Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, whose…

Pentagon weighs charges for Afghan murder suspect

WASHINGTON — US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is likely to be formally charged in the next few days with the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan villagers, an American military official told AFP on Monday. Bales, 38, is accused of leaving his base in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province…

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…

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