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Army Identifies Afghanistan Shooting Suspect: The Army has identified the U.S. soldier accused of killing Afghan...

Army Identifies Afghanistan Shooting Suspect By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 17, 2012 – The Army has identified the U.S. soldier accused of killing Afghan civilians in a March 11 rampage as Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, according to a statement released here last night. Bales, from Fort Jensen Beach, Fla., is accused of leaving his base in Kandahar province in the middle of the night and shooting Afghans in their homes nearby. Afghan officials say 17 were killed. The infantryman, who Army officials say completed sniper training and held three good conduct medals, was flown from Afghanistan March 14 to a military detention facility in Kuwait, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed during an interview last night during an interview with Charlie Rose in New York. From Kuwait, Bales was transferred to Fo...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=67591

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