Conflict & Justice

The Afghan View on US Soldier and Convicted Killer, Robert Bales

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Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (L) and Judge Col. Jeffery Nance as seen in a courtroom sketch from earlier this year. (REUTERS/Peter Millett)

Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales has been sentenced to life in military prison without the possibility of parole.

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That's the verdict of a military jury at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.

Bales had admitted killing 16 unarmed Afghan civilians on March 11, 2012.

On that night, Bales left his military base, unauthorized and alone.

He raided two villages near Kandahar, killing everyone he came across: men, women and children.

Then he calmly returned to base.

Not surprisingly, his case has gotten a lot of attention in Afghanistan.

"It was indeed a very tragic incident and the Afghan people talk about it all the time," says Lotfullah Najafizada.

Najafizada is Head of Current Affairs for Tolo News, Afghanistan's first 24/7 news channel.

He says he expects people in Aghanistan will be satisfied with the maximum sentence handed down to Bales.

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