Afghanistan

Afghan Murder Suspect Bales ‘Took My Life Savings,’ Says Retiree

Robert Bales, the staff sergeant accused of massacring Afghan civilians, enlisted in the U.S. Army at the same time he was trying to avoid answering allegations he defrauded an elderly Ohio couple of their life savings in a stock fraud, according to federal documents reviewed by ABC News.

Afghan Villagers Were Threatened by US Troops Ahead of Massacre

The incongruous stories surrounding the March 11 massacre on Afghan civilians in two villages took another turn today, with reports from witnesses in Mokhoyan, one of the two villages targeted, that they were threatened by US troops just days before the massacre.

The witnesses say that troops rounded up all the men from the villages after a roadside bombing, lined them up against a wall, and told them they would “pay a price” for the attack.

If confirmed, the threats would also appear to support the Afghan probe’s version of the massacre, which had an organized group of over a dozen US troops carrying out the massacre, as opposed to a lone man, as the US maintains.

This was a deliberate, coordinated hit, right out of the Nazi playbook, meting out collective punishment.

Thankfully, the US military couldn’t quite get away with it this time.

Unfortunately, the “lone nut assassin” has been part of American political folklore for landscape for a very long time, and generally proves to be absolutely false, once the facts are known.

FLASHBACK: What This Weekend’s Rogue Shooting In Afghanistan Really Means To US Soldiers

A Marine writes: “No excuse at all for blowing women & children away. I still wouldn’t hand him over to the Afghans for justice, but I’d definitely see putting the needle in his arm for this.”

Most soldiers on the ground seem to agree on two things: the shooting was a tragedy, and they’re getting fed up with a situation that seems to inevitably be spiraling out of control.

FLASHBACK: What This Weekend’s Rogue Shooting In Afghanistan Really Means To US Soldiers

A Marine writes: “No excuse at all for blowing women & children away. I still wouldn’t hand him over to the Afghans for justice, but I’d definitely see putting the needle in his arm for this.”

Most soldiers on the ground seem to agree on two things: the shooting was a tragedy, and they’re getting fed up with a situation that seems to inevitably be spiraling out of control.

You Call This a War? I’ll Show You a War

The U.S. government has spent trillions on these wars; destroyed the infrastructure of Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions; killed many thousands in Afghanistan, the longest U.S. war to date, and in Pakistan without any conceivable justification; unleashed an ethnic cleansing in Libya that has already depopulated an entire town; trashed habeas corpus and the Bill of Rights, detained thousands of captives, many completely innocent and very few of them terrorists, often for years without meaningful oversight; tortured many hundreds of people, dozens of whom died in U.S.

Afghan villagers told they would pay for bomb days ahead of massacre of 16

Shades of Haditha!

RESIDENTS of an Afghan village near where an American soldier is alleged to have killed 16 civilians are convinced that the slayings were in retaliation for a roadside bomb attack on US forces in the same area a few days earlier.

In accounts to The Associated Press and to Afghan government officials, the residents allege that US troops lined up men from the village of Mokhoyan against a wall after the bombing on either March 7 or 8, and told them they would pay a price for the attack.

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