Financial troubles of Robert Bales revealed
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Financial troubles of Robert Bales revealed

Kabul : Afghanistan | Mar 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM PDT
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Robert Bales Identified As Afghanistan Shooter, US Officials Say

Probe of the US soldier who killed 16 Afghans was recently carried out and it has revealed several interesting facts like his financial and legal troubles.

Robert Bales was one of the thousands of unknown US soldiers who were deployed in Afghanistan, but he became an internationally known figure because of an incident that has changed his life forever. Robert Bales is responsible for the death of 16 innocent Afghans, who were killed or burnt while they were asleep.

Bales had been in the Army for the past 11 years. He decided to join the Army after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Initially, his friends and family thought that he was joining the Army to serve the country, but now the probe shows that he was having financial troubles. Part of Robert Bales's reasons for joining the Army at that time was that he had financial and legal troubles and joining the army provided partial relief.

Robert Bales is currently in an isolated cell in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., awaiting a decision for the crime he committed in Afghanistan.

Bales's classmates and neighbors remember him as a happy-go-lucky football player, who always wanted to go to the Army and was very much interested in military history. Bales was also a person who looked out for troublemakers in the neighborhood and helped out his elders whenever possible.

Emerging records about Robert Bales show that he was once charged for assaulting his girlfriend and even had brushes with the law in a hit-and-run accident, which left an unnamed person badly injured. When he joined the Army, a Florida investment job of his had gone sour and a Seattle-area home had been condemned. He even had struggled to make payments on another property and failed to get a promotion or a transfer a year ago.

These financial troubles were also mentioned by Robert Bales's wife in an online blog that she used to maintain. From time to time, she kept posting articles on how difficult it was to be a military man's wife.

It is still not clear what sentence will Robert Bales receive for his crime.

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Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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