Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Afghan killing suspect could face death penalty
Afghan killing suspect could face death penalty 
Clean Media Coorespondent 
Washington: Mar 13: (CMC)   The US soldier, who killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan could face a death penalty if convicted, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said, while asserting that the tragic incident was but an "isolated" one. 
The suspect, who has been arrested, went on a killing spree over the weekend, shooting down civilians, most of them women and children, in an act that has taken anti-America sentiment to a new high in Afghanistan. 
According to Fox news, Panetta told reporters travelling with him to Kyrgyzstan that the suspect may face "capital charges", but the US must resist pressure to change course in Afghanistan because of anti-America outrage over the shooting. 
The suspect, whose name has not been released by the Pentagon so far, is from a military base in Washington State,  some soldiers from where have had similar violent histories in the past, reports said.

 "War is hell," Panetta said, but insisted that the incident is not a sign that stress of 10 years of war was pushing US troops to a breaking point. 
"We seem to get tested almost every other day with challenges that test our leadership and our commitment to the mission that we're involved in," Panetta said. 

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