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Kandahar Massacre (2012)

Afghan massacre was his own 'act of cowardice,' Bales testifies

Afghan massacre was his own 'act of cowardice,' Bales testifies

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — The U.S. soldier who pleaded guilty more than two months ago to killing 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children, and injuring many more, condemned what he did as an "act of cowardice" Thursday and apologized repeatedly to the victims' families, his own family and his comrades in the Army. "If I could bring their families back, I would," Staff Sgt. Robert Bales said in unsworn testimony. "I can't comprehend their loss. I think about it every time I look at my kids." He added: "I murdered their families." Bales spoke before a military jury tasked with deciding whether he will spend the...

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