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Old 03-11-2012, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- An American soldier went on a house-to-house shooting spree in two villages in southern Afghanistan early Sunday, Afghan officials said, killing 16 people in what Afghanistan's president called an "unforgivable" crime.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the soldier acted alone and turned himself in after opening fire on civilians. U.S. President Barack Obama called the killings "tragic and shocking," and offered his condolences to the Afghan people in a phone call to his counterpart in Kabul, Hamid Karzai, the White House said.

But the attack is likely to further more anger at international forces following deadly riots over the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops.

"The Afghan people can withstand a lot of pain," Prince Ali Seraj, the head of the National Coalition for Dialogue with the Tribes of Afghanistan, told CNN. "They can withstand collateral damage. They can withstand night raids. But murder is something that they totally abhor, and when that happens, they really want justice."

In a statement issued by his office, Karzai said the killings took place in the district of Panjwai, about 25 km (15 miles) southwest of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan's major city. Haji Agha Lali, a member of the provincial council, told CNN the soldier had attacked four houses in the villages of Alokozai and Barakzai.

"We call this an intentional act," Karzai said. He said the dead included four men, three women and nine children, calling the killings "acts of terror and unforgivable." His statement said another five people were wounded.

Capt. Justin Brockhoff, an ISAF spokesman, said the wounded Afghans were being treated in ISAF facilities. The allied command did not give its own estimate of casualties.

Brockhoff said officials do not yet have a motive for the shooting, which is under investigation by both NATO and Afghan officials. And Maj. Jason Waggoner, another ISAF spokesman, said the soldier "was acting on his own."

There were no military operations in the area, either on the ground or in the air, at the time, according to two senior ISAF officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. They said only one soldier, an Army staff sergeant, is believed to have been involved.

A third ISAF official said Afghan troops spotted the soldier leaving his combat outpost around 3 a.m. Sunday and notified their American counterparts. The U.S. military did an immediate headcount, found the soldier was missing and dispatched a patrol to go look for him, the official said.

The patrol met him as he returned and took him into custody. He said nothing, and it was unclear whether they knew what had happened, the official said.

The news brought a wave of condemnations from top American officials. In a statement issued by the White House, Obama said the U.S. military will "get the facts as quickly as possible and to hold accountable anyone responsible."
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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jesus - what a cluster****
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Yea, the Taliban couldn't have fabricated a better recruiting tool if they tried.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: U.S. soldier accused of Afghan killing spree

If someone did this here we'd want to put them on trial in the USA, would we not? Should this guy be handed over to the government of Afghanistan?
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good question - but guess what the gop does to obama were he to capitulate to that
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Really we should be handing over everyone responsible for this flustercuck over to the Taliban for execution. Can we throw in McCainiac as a bonus?
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The suspect was based at a combat outpost near the villages. His motive remained unknown Monday. He invoked his right to remain silent after turning himself in to his comrades early Sunday, according to a senior Defense Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said the suspect was an infantry sniper from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, outside Tacoma, Washington. He was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury in 2010, after a vehicle rollover in Iraq, but found fit for duty after treatment, the official said.

Other officials have identified the soldier as a staff sergeant in his mid-30s, with a wife and children and 11 years of service in the Army. In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room," Allen said the suspect's medical history would be part of the investigation, which would be handled by American military authorities.
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Wow...that is ****ing crazy
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Wow.
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Re: U.S. soldier accused of Afghan killing spree

So what's going on with this, can't find anything on it on the internet. Anybody hear or read anything?
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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we paid 50k a head in reparations - Bales is being held at Leavenworth and has been charged with 17 counts of murder
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:27 AM   #12 (permalink)
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http://www.spiegel.de/international/...-865310-3.html

You wanna hear something ****ed up? Bales' lawyer has defended mass murderers before.

I find this ****ed up cuz I've been to Fort Lewis. They got the only Popeyes Chicken in town..I've had it one time and it was amazing. No other fast food restaurant serves Jambalaya as a side dish.

God damn this shit is ****ed up. With the elections, IMO we shouldn't forget this nation's war crimes.
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Nine children. That's more tragic than can be verbalized. For how he's tried: it's almost too American for us to be "oh, we'll take it from here.."; the ball should be in Hamid Karzai's court, it's his move to exemplify governance, autonomy and the like. If I'm one of the many fuming citizens in Afghanistan, I want that man tried in state. However, in all likelihood that counters any mental defense claims, compared to if he were tried in the United States.

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There's many in Guantanamo that did a lot less than this heinous crime. This man deserves no protection.
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If someone did this here we'd want to put them on trial in the USA, would we not? Should this guy be handed over to the government of Afghanistan?
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