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article image5 U.S. soldiers accused of randomly targeting Afghan civilians

By Andrew Moran     Aug 26, 2010 in World
Kandahar - Five United States soldiers have been charged with targeting Afghan civilians in the Kandahar province. The troops were accused of murdering three people in June. One allegedly formed a "kill team" that randomly targeted Afghans.
Soldiers who were accused of murdering civilians in Afghanistan have now been charged with conspiracy to commit premeditated murder, according to the Associated Press. The soldiers were accused of randomly targeting Afghan civilians.
The murder plot began in December when one soldier said in a discussion of how easy it would be to “toss a grenade” in area of Afghan civilians. Furthermore, one of the soldiers then allegedly created a “kill team,” which would randomly target civilians while on duty.
Investigators were told that anyone who even attempted to report these events to the proper authorities, were threatened with violence.
Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, 25, of Billings, Mont., has denied all charges but Spc. Jeremy Morlock, 22, of Wasilla, Alaska has reportedly been extremely helpful in helping build the army’s case: “He has given numerous details about his involvement in the killings and also implicated others.”
Press TV notes that the men charged are awaiting court martial and if convicted could face life in prison or death. Hearings are expected to begin later this year.
Pvt. 1st Class Andrew Holmes, 19, of Boise, Idaho; Spc. Michael Wagnon II, 29, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Spc. Adam Winfield, 21, of Cape Coral, Fla. were also charged in June.
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