Mar 16, 2012

News Alert: Suspect in Killing of Afghan Civilians Is Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Official Says

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The New York Times
Friday, March 16, 2012 -- 6:34 PM EDT
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Suspect in Killing of Afghan Civilians Is Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Official Says

The American soldier suspected of going on a rampage that left 16 Afghan villagers dead is Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, according to a senior American official.

The new information comes on the same day President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan chastised the United States, saying he was at "the end of the rope" over what he termed the United States' lack of cooperation in investigating the incident.

On Thursday, an American official had said that the suspect had been drinking alcohol — a violation of military rules in combat zones — and suffering from the stress related to his fourth combat tour, and tensions with his wife about the deployments, on the night of the massacre.

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