US Army sergeant charged with seventeen Afghan murders
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Robert Bales, 38, a Afghanistan villages earlier this month. Sources indicate the incident has further aggravated US-Afghanistan relations.sergeant, was formally charged with seventeen counts of premeditated alongside six counts of attempted murder on Friday. Bales was charged in connection with a shooting spree in two southern
US Secretary of Defense told reporters that he does not anticipate prosecutors seeking the death penalty. Officials also told reporters that more charges are anticipated, including derilection of duties, among others. The charges so far allege Bales left his base and shot numerous Afghan civilians, including women and nine children, while they were asleep in their homes.
Authorities allege that Bales then burned some of their bodies. Bales was read the charges at Kansas, the US Army's military prison. Bales has been there since last week. Earlier last week, Bales' wife extended her condolences to the families of the slain.,
- Miranda Leitsinger, The Associated Press. "Staff Sgt. Robert Bales charged with 17 counts of murder in Afghanistan massacre" — , March 23, 2012
- Anna Mulrine. "Sgt. Robert Bales charged with premeditated murder of 17 Afghans" — , March 23, 2012
- "Robert Bales Deleted From Internet? Report Claims Military Scrubbed References To Accused Soldier" — , March 22, 2012