U.S. Army prosecutors offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general, alleging in a hearing Monday he committed sex crimes against five women including four military subordinates and a civilian.
The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.
U.S. investigators believe the U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians split the slaughter into two episodes, returning to his base after the first attack and later slipping away to kill again, two American officials said Saturday.
He is accused of the kind of crime that makes people shiver, the killing of families in their own homes under cover of night. But many Americans seem ready to believe that Robert Bales simply snapped under horrific pressures.
Charges against an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians are expected to be filed within a week, and Afghan investigators are not convinced that one soldier could have single-handedly carried out the massacre.