Afghan roadside bomb kills 13 civilians

A bomb killed 13 civilians including women and children in southern Afghanistan on Monday as they travelled to attend the funeral of earlier bomb victims, police said.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 7:58pm

Afghan massacre too big for lone US soldier

US Army Staff Sargeant Robert Bales (lower left) watches testimony on a video monitor on Friday. Photo: AP

A lone shooter could not have committed the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers blamed on a US soldier, a witness testified on Sunday, stressing the scale of the atrocity.

The defence witness said the extent of the carnage, wrought overnight in two villages near a US army base in March, was too great for it to be the work of only Sergeant Robert Bales, facing a possible court martial.

12 Nov 2012 - 8:31pm

US soldier’s lawyers question Afghan killings account

A courtroom sketch of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (centre) during the preliminary hearing held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Photo: AP

Lawyers for the US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers got their first chance to defend him in court on Tuesday, calling into question prosecutors’ version of events.

Defence attorneys presented their first witnesses on the second day of a pre-trial hearing for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, to determine whether he should face a full court-martial.

7 Nov 2012 - 11:42am

US soldier was ‘lucid’ after Afghan massacre

US Army Staff Sargeant Robert Bales (second from left) is shown during a preliminary hearing in a military courtroom in Washington state on Monday. Photo: AP

A US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers was “lucid” and admitted to the crimes, witnesses and prosecutors said as he appeared in court for the first time on Monday.

7 Nov 2012 - 11:35am

Hearing of US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians set to begin

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is accused of killing 16 civilians, including women and children, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Photo: AP

A US Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a preliminary hearing starting on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a court martial.

5 Nov 2012 - 3:53pm