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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…

Gunman in Afghan army uniform kills two NATO troops

A man in Afghan army uniform shot dead two NATO soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Monday, raising to 13 the number of foreign troops to die in a series of such killings this year. Almost one in seven of the 90 foreign soldiers to have died in Afghanistan this year has been killed in…

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…

‘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,…

Bullying troops charged in death of fellow soldier

KABUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) – - The U.S. Army has charged eight soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in the death of Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old Chinese-American who was bullied and taunted by fellow troops over his heritage. Chen was found in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan after apparently shooting himself,…

Five NATO troops killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

A bomb attack on Thursday killed five NATO troops in southern Afghanistan, the main battleground with the Taliban, the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. “Five International Security Assistance Force service members died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today,” an ISAF statement said, without giving…

Roadside bombs kill 17 civilians in Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH (Reuters) – Roadside mines killed 17 civilians in southern Afghanistan Friday when a minibus and a tractor separately hit explosives in Helmand province, officials said, adding to a 2011 toll that is so far the deadliest for civilians in the decade-long war. The minibus was traveling from Nahr-e-Saraj…

Suicide bombers kill 18, wound 35 in southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Eighteen people were killed and 35 were wounded on Thursday during an insurgent attack on government buildings in Afghanistan’s volatile southern Uruzgan province, a senior health official said. “Up to now 18 people have been killed and 35 have been wounded, including military personnel and civilians.…

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