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U.S. soldier suspected in shooting rampage

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is suspected in the nighttime slaughter of 16 Afghan villagers. Military officials have said that Bales, after drinking on a southern Afghanistan base on March 11, crept away to two slumbering villages overnight, shooting his victims and setting many of them on fire. Nine of the 16 killed were children and 11 belonged to one family.

The Lake Tapps, Wash. home of U.S. Army
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The Lake Tapps, Wash. home of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. Bales has not yet been charged. (March16, 2012)

Boxes and a U.S. flag sit on the
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Boxes and a U.S. flag sit on the front porch of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' Lake Tapps home. (March 16, 2012)

An Afghan soldier holds his post in a
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An Afghan soldier holds his post in a guard tower Sunday at a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar Province, as civilians gather nearby. The base is near two villages that were attacked in a shooting rampage overnight; 16 are reported dead. An American service member has been blamed, and the United States and NATO officials are investigating. Afghan President Hamid Karzai the attack Sunday "an assassination." (March 11, 2012)

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An Afghan soldier speaks to civilians gathered Sunday
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An Afghan soldier speaks to civilians gathered Sunday outside a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar Province, near two villages that were attacked in a shooting rampage overnight. An American service member has been blamed, and the United States and NATO are investigating. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has said 16 people, including women and children, were killed in the attack. (March 11, 2012)

An Afghan youth mourns Sunday for relatives who
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An Afghan youth mourns Sunday for relatives who were reportedly slain in a shooting rampage in two villages near Panjwai, Kandahar Province. A U.S. service member has been blamed in the attacks, and the United States and NATO are investigating. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai> has said 16 people, including women and children, were slain in the attack. (March 11, 2012)

U.S. Army soldier directs traffic Sunday outside a
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U.S. Army soldier directs traffic Sunday outside a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar Province, near where two villages that were attacked in a shooting rampage overnight. An American service member has been blamed and the United States and NATO are investigating. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said 16 people, including women and children, were killed in the attack. (March 11, 2012)

U.S. Army and Afghan soldiers hold their posts
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U.S. Army and Afghan soldiers hold their posts Sunday in a guard tower at their base in Panjwai, Kandahar Province, near two villages that were attacked in a shooting rampage overnight. An American service member has been blamed, and the United States and NATO are investigating. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has said 16 people, including women and children were killed in the attack. (March 11, 2012)

Afghan boys sit on the ground near Sunday
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Afghan boys sit on the ground near Sunday in one of two villages near Panjwai, Kandahar Province, where there was a shooting rampage overnight. An American service member has been blamed and the United States and NATO are investigating. Afghan president Hamid Karzai has said 16 people, including women and children were killed in the attack. (March 11, 2012)

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Afghan and American soldiers assemble Sunday in a
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Afghan and American soldiers assemble Sunday in a yard at a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar Province, near two villages that were attacked overnight in a shooting rampage; 16 are reported dead. An American service member has been blamed, and the United States and NATO are investigating. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called the attack “an assassination." (March 11, 2012)

A U.S. soldiers walks just outside a military
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A U.S. soldiers walks just outside a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar Province.(March 11, 2012)

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