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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…

Wife of U.S. soldier accused in Afghan massacre: ‘He loves children’

The wife of a US soldier accused of fatally shooting 17 Afghan civilians broke her silence Monday, insisting in a television interview that her husband was not capable of the heinous crimes. “I have no idea what happened. But he would not — he loves children. And he would not…

U.S. pays $50,000 per person to Afghan families for Bales’ shooting

The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan person killed by Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in southern Afghanistan two weeks ago, according to The Associated Press. Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai and community Jan Agha confirmed that the victim’s families received payments Saturday, with those who…

U.S. soldier’s Afghan shootings ‘likely occurred in two stages’

WASHINGTON — Military investigators suspect that the US soldier charged with premeditated murder over the killings of 17 Afghan civilians committed the shootings in two separate operations, The New York Times reported Sunday. Citing an unnamed US official, the newspaper said the investigators believed that the soldier, Staff Sergeant Robert…

Afghan relatives demand local trial for US shooter

Relatives of Afghans killed in a shooting massacre demanded Friday a public trial in Afghanistan for a US soldier expected to be formally charged with 17 counts of murder. US officials have said that Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 38, will also be accused of six counts of assault and attempted…

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