U.S. Identifies Army Sergeant Accused of Killing 16 Civilians in Afghanistan
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U.S. Identifies Army Sergeant Accused of Killing 16 Civilians in Afghanistan

Kabul : Afghanistan | Mar 17, 2012 at 9:39 AM PDT
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Sgt Robert Bales is named as the suspect in the recent Afghanistan massacres

The United States government has not revealed the identity of the Army Sergeant who is accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan, but the media in the country has. He is Staff Sergeant Robert Bales and he has now been moved from Kuwait to Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kanas. Bales will remain in custody at the federal prison. The United States military does not release the names of suspects until they have been formally charged.

Bales is in custody for a shooting spree in two Afghan villages last weekend. There were nine children killed, as well as seven adults. The motive for the murders is still unclear; however, it is possible that alcohol may have played a role. There are some reports that alcohol was found that belonged to Bales. There was a blood test for toxicology completed, but those results have not been made public by the military.

Bales’ deployment to Afghanistan was his fourth combat tour. He had not been to Afghanistan before; however, he had served three tours in Iraq. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and lost part of a foot while in Iraq. According to Bales’ attorney, John Henry Browne, his family did not think that he would have to be deployed on another combat tour. He has spent his entire Army career at Lewis-McChord, which is close to Tacoma, Washington.

Browne said that the reports of Bales’ marriage being on the rocks were nonsense. He did confirm that the day before the shooting, Bales saw another soldier lose both legs. Browne said that everyone on the base was deeply affected by the soldier’s injuries.

There are an increasing number of people, both in the United States and in Afghanistan that wanted Bales to stand trial in Afghanistan. However, the United States said that they will handle theinvestigation and prosecution.

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US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (L) served 3 combat tours in Iraq, and was on his first deployment to Afghanistan
US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (L) served 3 combat tours in Iraq, and was on his first deployment to Afghanistan
Surya Gaire is based in Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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