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Soldier found guilty of murdering Afghans, collecting body parts

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — The ringleader of a rogue US army unit responsible for “thrill kills” of Afghan civilians was sentenced to life behind bars. But a five-person military panel said Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs — who was found guilty at the end of a week-long court martial —…

Jury to decide on U.S. Afghan ‘kill team’ chief

The ringleader of a rogue US army unit in Afghanistan “betrayed” the American people by killing Afghan civilians for sport, prosecutors said as a court-martial neared its climax. A five-person military panel could give its verdict as early as Thursday in the case of Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, the alleged…

Rogue U.S. army unit leader saw Afghans as ‘savages’

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — The ringleader of a rogue US army unit accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport treated the locals like “savages,” a court martial heard Monday. The so-called “kill team” led by Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs was “out of control,” prosecutors added as grisly photos of…

Chinese man swindled migrants in ‘US army’ scam

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A Chinese man was arraigned on charges relating to his “recruitment” of Chinese men living in the United States into a fictitious US army unit. Yupeng Deng, 51, duped more than 100 Chinese immigrants into paying him to join a fake unit he called the “US…

Afghan leader condemns US ‘kill team’

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke out for the first time Wednesday about the “heart-rending” media accounts of a rogue US army unit accused of deliberately killing civilians for sport. In his first public reaction to the scandal, Hamid Karzai said he wanted to ensure ordinary Americans knew about…

US soldier pleads guilty over Afghan killings

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (AFP) – A US soldier pleaded guilty to targeting Afghan civilians for execution, under a plea bargain for his part in a rogue US Army unit in southern Afghanistan. Corporal Jeremy Morlock, who is set to testify against four co-accused, admitted murdering or helping to kill…

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