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March 21, 2012

Lawyer for soldier: “There’s no medical examiner’s evidence” linking my client to massacre

The lawyer for US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, the soldier who stands accused of massacring 16 Afghan citizens on March 11, 2012, claims there is no evidence linking his client to the killings in a new interview with the Guardian. John Henry Browne says his client has “some memories of what occurred that evening, before the supposed incident, and he has some memories of what happened after the alleged incident,” but has no recollection of the time in-between.

16:41 // 2 years ago
March 13, 2012

Taliban fighters opened fire at a memorial service honoring the 16 Afghans killed by an American soldier on Sunday, in an attempt to take the lives of Qayum Karzai, Shah Wali Karzai, and other government officials. Both men, brothers of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, escaped the 20-minute battle unharmed; however, one Afghan soldier was killed and two others wounded during the fighting. source

16:57 // 2 years ago
This is not the first of those events, and it probably won’t be the last. But we cannot allow these events to undermine our strategy or the mission that we’re involved in.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta • While discussing the recent shooting of 16 Afghan citizens, by a member of the U.S. military, with reporters on flight to Kyrgyzstan. During his remarks, the Secretary of Defense also mentioned that the government’s goal was to see the suspect tried in the U.S. military justice system. Panetta’s comments come amid increasingly loud calls for the soldier in question to face trial in Afghanistan, and for the United States to re-evaluate its long-term plans for operating inside the country. The calls have grown louder in recent weeks after a series of incidents including Sunday’s shooting, and the mass-burning of Korans at Bagram Air Base last month. source (viafollow)
13:50 // 2 years ago
September 25, 2011

Libya: Mass grave from 1996 massacre discovered

  • 1,270 bodies from 15-year-old massacre found source

» Memories still linger: The 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in Tripoli was one of the many catalysts to the civil war that effectively toppled Muammar Gaddafi. And this will be a difficult one to decipher. ”We are dealing with more than 1,270 martyrs and must distinguish each one from the other for identification by comparing their DNA with family members,” said Libyan medical official Dr. Osman Abdul Jalil. “It may take years to reach the truth.”

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11:23 // 3 years ago
March 30, 2011

Virginia Tech nailed for poor handling of 2007 massacre

  • $55,000 fine for blowing the response source

» Why the fine? SImple explanation. Despite the fact that the university knew about the slayings of two students in a dorm room, it took them 2 hours and 15 minutes to warn people what was going on — a requirement under the Clery Act. Shooter Seung-Hui Cho attacked a lecture hall 2 hours and 30 minutes after the initial killings — attacks which were much deadlier. To put it simply, they could have saved lives if warnings were put out sooner.

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1:15 // 3 years ago
March 20, 2011
21:39 // 3 years ago