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March 26, 2012
He loves children, he’s like a big kid himself. I have no idea what happened, but he would not … he loves children, and he would not do that.
Karilyn Bales, wife of Afghan shooting suspect Robert BalesSpeaking on “The Today Show” about the allegations against her husband. Bales, whose husband went into the military in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, says her husband is “very brave, very courageous,” but admits that he did not tell her everything about his work. For example, she did not learn he suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq until he returned home. Robert Bales is being held at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from which he and his wife shared a phone call last week.
9:24 // 2 years ago
March 25, 2012

Families of Afghanistan shooting victims receive money from U.S.

  • $850k the amount the U.S. government paid to victims’ families in the Afghanistan shooting
  • $50k the amount the family of each person killed received from the U.S. government
  • $10k the amount the family of each person injured received from the U.S. government source

» Meant as compensation? According to Afghan official Haji Nyamat Khan (a Kandahar provincial council member), he U.S. government offered the money as a way to help the families, not solely as compensation. But a NATO official disputed that, specifically saying it was meant as compensation. Whether or not this is the case could be significant, as “blood money” can be used as a way to replace a trial in Afghanistan. The suspect in the shooting, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, is currently getting tried in the U.S., but many Afghan want him to be tried there.

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10:22 // 2 years ago
March 22, 2012
18:32 // 2 years ago
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 18, 2012

Three things we know about Afghan shooting suspect Robert Bales

  • one Bales, who joined the Army two months after 9/11, was reportedly suffering from a series of financial troubles. He and his wife tried to put their home on the market days before the incident.
  • two He also suffered from a series of legal problems, including past domestic violence allegations against an old girlfriend and a hit-and-run incident which took place while he wore military clothing.
  • three Bales, who had been hoping for a promotion or transfer, had been turned down for a promotion in the past year, which led to his current deployment in Afghanistan. source

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9:48 // 2 years ago
March 16, 2012
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