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Afghan shooting latest scandal for troubled U.S. base

SEATTLE, Washington — The US soldier held for shooting dead 16 Afghan villagers at the weekend was stationed at a military base south of Seattle which has been plagued by scandal and tragedy. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), which could in theory host a court martial for the unidentified serviceman, has…

Army base placed on lockdown after theft of equipment

The infantry unit at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was placed on lockdown Wednesday after the equipment was discovered missing from a supply area, said Major Chris Ophardt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s I Corps at the base. The equipment included weapon sights and targeting lasers. “There are many items missing,”…

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