Friday, 16 March 2012

Afghan massacre US soldier 'reluctant to serve'

According to a lawyer the US soldier charged of killing 16 Afghans had conventional body and brain damages while serving in Iraq and was despondent about going for one more visit of duty. John Henry
Browne said the soldier - who has not been named - had previously accomplished three tours in Iraq.

He also said the accused had witnessed his friend's leg blown off the day before the murders. Sunday's shootings have placed new twists on the US in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a Nato helicopter shipping Turkish troops has gone down into a house on the outskirts of the capital Kabul killing at least 12 soldiers and two children on the ground. 

The death toll is the heaviest single loss of life so far for Turkish troops in Afghanistan, of whom there are at present more than 1,800.

The Taliban called off peace meeting in the wake of the deadly run riot - in which men, women and children were shot and killed at close range - even if they made no mention of the annihilation in the statement.
However, the US later strained it remained dedicated to Afghan settlement regardless of the move by the Taliban.  Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also told the US that it must draw back its armies from rural community areas and allow Afghan security services to take the lead in an effort to minimize civilian deaths.


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