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Wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Speaks Out (Video)

The wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales spoke out publicly for the first time yesterday, albeit in a written statement released through her attorney. Karilyn Bales called the murder of 16 Afghan civilians- most of whom were women and children - a "terrible and heartbreaking tragedy." Her husband is accused of the massacre.

While the tone of Bales' statement is deeply empathetic for the victims, it also speaks of continuing love ...

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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Charged with 17 Counts of Murder

The U.S. military plans to charge Staff Sgt. Robert Bales today with 17 counts of murder, and six counts of attempted murder, according to the Associated Press. Bales is accused of leaving his base in Afghanistan on March 11, killing Afghan civilians (nine of whom were children) as they slept in their villages, then burning some of their bodies.

Bales is currently imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

ABC News ...

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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Pleads Guilty To Afghan Massacre

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has pleaded guilty to multiple murder counts in the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians, nine of whom were children, according to the Associated Press.

The A.P. reports Bales, 39, entered his guilty plea to avoid the death penalty.

Bales was charged with 16 counts of premeditated murder, six counts of attempted murder, and seven counts of assault.

As Home Post reported last year, the bloody ...

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What Should Be the Fate of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales? (Video)

The U.S. Army has confirmed reports that the American soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians is Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales, 38, is now in an isolated prison cell at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where he is expected to have his first in-person meeting today with attorney John Henry Browne, according to the Associated Press.

Browne is not a military lawyer, but is a well-known criminal defense attorney ...

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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Owes $1.4 Million in Fraud Case (Video)

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who now stands accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians, was under investigation for fraud when he joined the Army, according to ABC News. The network reports Bales was a stockbroker before he joined the Army, when an elderly couple claimed he bilked them out of their life savings.

The National Association of Securities Dealers ordered Bales to pay $1.4 million in damages in a 2003 ...

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Army To Seek Death Penalty Against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

The Associated Press is reporting the U.S. Army will seek the death penalty against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who's accused of murdering 16 Afghan villagers in a bloody massacre.

The military gave Bales, 39, a pretrial hearing last month which resulted into today's announcement that Bales would face court-martial.

According to the A.P.:

Prosecutors said Bales left his remote base in southern Afghanistan early on March ...

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Wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales on “Today Show” (VIDEO)

The wife of accused murderer Staff Sgt. Robert Bales appeared on the NBC television show "Today" this morning. It is Karilyn Bales' only television appearance since her husband was accused of murdering nine children and eight adults as they slept in their Afghan villages on March 11. Bales has been charged with 17 counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder.

Karilyn Bales said on "Today" of her husband ...

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Soldier Prescribed Controversial Anti-Malarial Drug Before Afghan Massacre

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who recently pleaded guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, was prescribed a controversial anti-malarial drug called Lariam before the massacre. Lariam has been linked to aggression and psychotic behavior.

A report from the maker of Lariam (obtained by The Military Times) was sent to the Food and Drug Administration that read, in part:

“It was reported that this patient was administered mefloquine (Lariam ...

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Details Emerge In Afghan Village Massacre

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales spent the evening on his remote outpost in southern Afghanistan with fellow soldiers, watching a movie about revenge killings, sharing whiskey from a plastic bottle and discussing an attack that cost one of their friends his leg.

Within hours, a prosecutor said Monday, a cape-wearing Bales embarked on a killing spree of his own, slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians before returning to the base in predawn darkness ...

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Soldier Held In Afghan Rampage Moved To Washington State

The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in March was transferred Monday to an Army base in Washington state, where he faces a pretrial hearing Nov. 5.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales arrived late Monday afternoon at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and was being held in pretrial confinement, Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield confirmed. Bales was transferred from a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Bales faces 16 counts of ...

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Media Identifies Soldier Accused of Afghan Civilian Massacre (VIDEO)

Several news outlets, including Fox News and NBC News, have identified the U.S. soldier accused of killed 16 Afghan civilians as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

Fox News reports three unnamed military sources confirmed Bales as the alleged shooter. Bales is now headed to the military's only maximum security prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Bales, 38, is originally from Ohio but has been stationed at Washington state's Joint ...

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Watch Developments in Afghanistan Hearing LIVE

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, is testifying today before the House Armed Services Committee about the future of our military's mission in Afghanistan and the recent massacre of 16 Afghan civilians allegedly perpetrated by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

Acting Under Secretary of Defense/Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Miller testified earlier this morning. Click ...

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Daily Report: Sanity Board for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Psychotropic Drugs and the Military, US Military to Help Pakistan Avalanche Victims

Soldier accused of murdering 17 Afghan villagers will face 'sanity board' - The Seattle Times "Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be examined in spring by an Army panel of doctors to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial on charges of murdering 17 Afghan villagers, according to an Army official briefed on the case."

Soldiers at war in fog of psychotropic drugs - Los Angeles Times "In a small but ...

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Hearing Set For Army General Charged With Forcible Sodomy

An Army brigadier general will face charges of sodomy and sex crimes next month in a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to be put on trial, Fort Bragg officials said Thursday.

The Article 32 hearing for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair will be Nov. 5 at the sprawling post that is home to the 82nd Airborne Division, a statement said. Sinclair was deputy commander ...

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Daily Report: Terrorist Plot Uncovered, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' Family Starts Defense Fund, Who Was 17th Victim in Afghan Shooting Rampage?

11 suicide vests found at Afghan military HQ - CBS News "A major terrorist plot targeting Afghan soldiers was uncovered Monday at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Kabul, an official at the Ministry has confirmed to CBS News."

US sheds light on 17th Afghan victim in shooting rampage - Tribune Washington Bureau "The 17th victim of a shooting rampage in Afghanistan was identified after investigators arrived at the scene, the top ...

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Coast Guard Finds 3,000 Pounds Of Marijuana Floating Off San Diego Coast

A cutter crew from the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday recovered more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana floating in the Pacific Ocean - about 35 miles west of Mission Beach.

A Navy helicopter first discovered the 77 bales of marijuana bobbing off the coast of San Diego, according to a Coast Guard news release.

The Navy informed Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility San Diego of the find, which ...

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San Diego-Based Navy Ship Aids In Marijuana Bust

The San Diego-based USS Princeton helped nab roughly 15,000 pounds of marijuana during a drug bust at sea, according to a Navy press release.

Also involved in the June 16th bust were the San Diego-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 and Helicopter Maritime Squadron 75, the USS Nimitz, and the Mexican Navy.

According to the Navy, the 186 bales of marijuana, weighing about 100 pounds each, were probably headed ...

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'The Price Is Right' For San Diego-Based Sailor (Video)

Navy FCC Christopher Roberts of the San Diego homeported USS Benfold was a contestant on the game show "The Price Is Right."

Roberts's episode aired Monday, and he won the last (or first?) thing you'd think a Sailor would want to win.

A sailboat.

Roberts was the ultimate champ in the show's Showcase Showdown, winning more than $20,000 worth of prizes, including the sailboat.

But before ...

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Sailor Killed In Single Vehicle Accident In Afghanistan

Navy Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion R. Roberts was killed September 22nd in a single vehicle accident in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. Roberts was 25-years-old.

He grew up in North Chicago, Illinois. He was assigned to an East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit.

Sarah Holbrook, Roberts' former high school English teacher at North Chicago High School, wrote on the Dion Roberts Tribute Page:

"A good student ...

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DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died June 24, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, 32, of Hamilton, Ohio, and

Sgt. Michael J. Strachota, 28, of White Hall, Ark.

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