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    American soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, describes killings Read more: htt

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    Seems a tough choice whether he deserves the death penalty or a life sentence.

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    Re: American soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, describes killings Read more:

    I still find it kind of hard to believe that he could've acted alone in this. Weapon ownership is quite common in Afghanistan.

    You'd think that several angry villagers with AKs would've been on top of him within minutes of the first shots being fired.

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    Re: American soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, describes killings Read more:

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    I still find it kind of hard to believe that he could've acted alone in this. Weapon ownership is quite common in Afghanistan.

    You'd think that several angry villagers with AKs would've been on top of him within minutes of the first shots being fired.
    I have no idea what it is like over there but... I can't imagine its common for "villagers" to have AK's.

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    Re: American soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, describes killings Read more:

    Quote Originally Posted by Verax View Post
    I have no idea what it is like over there but... I can't imagine its common for "villagers" to have AK's.
    It's a tribal society that still lves as if it were the pre-modern era. Firearms are quite common simply because a lot of people rely on wild game to supplement their diets.

    Legal gun ownership rates in Aghanistan are estimated to be somewhere around 4.4 guns per 100 people. Illegal ownership is far more widespread.

    Humanitarian Analysis: Rule of the Gun in Afghanistan

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    Re: American soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, describes killings Read more:

    He deserved the death penalty. And shirking responsibility in this is ridiculous. There are thousands of soldiers that have multiple deployments and don't murder innocent civilians and take their fingers as trophies. One can at least hope that he get life without parole at hard labor.

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    Re: American soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, describes killings Read more:

    Given that he admitted it was premeditated, I think this would be a case where the death penalty should be on the table. The fact he shows some remorse doesn't make it any less of a horror that he did.

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    I believe he should get life. I also think he should be eligible for parole in the future depending what his behavior is like.

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    Re: American soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, describes killings Read more:

    on may 23 our platonic president spoke at the national defense university in dc, declaring the war on terror over (sorta)

    President Obama debates himself - Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com

    we won (kinda), by the way

    indeed, the administration is proudly paving the way for peace talks with the truculent taliban

    US to begin direct peace talks with Taliban 'within days' - AFGHANISTAN - USA - FRANCE 24

    today:

    The official handover of responsibility for security in Afghanistan from Nato to local forces has been marked by a deadly blast. The explosion in the west of Kabul killed three people and injured 30.

    Officials said a suicide bomber targeted Mohammed Mohaqiq, a prominent Hazara policymaker in the region and Afghanistan's second vice-president.

    "The roadside bomb targeted the Mohaqiq convoy but he safely passed. One of his vehicles was damaged," said chief of Kabul police, Gen Mohammed Zahir.

    Scores of Nato and local officials had gathered to mark the official handover - a significant milestone 12 years after a Nato coalition went in to Afghanistan to expel the Taliban in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

    Under the terms of the handover, the 100,000 Nato troops stationed in Afghanistan will play an increasingly peripheral role in national security until their formal departure in 18 months.

    President Hamid Karzai announced the transition during a ceremony but critics are mixed about the readiness of Afghan security forces.

    "Our security and defence forces will now be in the lead. From here, all security responsibility and all security leadership will be taken by our brave forces," Karzai said.

    The last districts to be handed over to Afghan forces include some of the most volatile in the country.

    The Taliban insurgency has been intensifying after the militant group declared a spring offensive.

    According to UN figures, more than 3,000 civilians were killed between January and June this year, a sharp increase from the 2012 count.
    Afghanistan: Nato Security Handover Marked by Deadly Blast [VIDEO] - IBTimes UK

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    Re: American soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, describes killings Read more:

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    I still find it kind of hard to believe that he could've acted alone in this. Weapon ownership is quite common in Afghanistan.

    You'd think that several angry villagers with AKs would've been on top of him within minutes of the first shots being fired.
    Probably two things prevented this. In countries where our soldiers are engaged, it is typically a good idea to move away from the fighting instead of to it. Two, I don't think the villagers would have assumed he was alone.
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