Saturday, August 24, 2013

Soldier apologises for Afghan massacre

An American soldier who admitted killing 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar province in 2012 has apologised, calling the killings "an act of cowardice". Sergeant Robert Bales said he was operating behind a mask of fear and bravado.
"I'm truly, truly sorry to those people whose families got taken away" he said at his hearing at a Washington state military base.

The 39-year-old pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.