March 14th, 2012
03:25 PM ET

Afghan shooting suspect flown out of country


The U.S. soldier alleged to have killed 16 Afghans in a weekend shooting rampage has been flown to Kuwait, a defense official tells Barbara Starr.

Earlier, Chris Lawrence reported that one reason the soldier was flown out of Afghanistan was because U.S. military did not have the proper facility to hold the soldier for "longer than he is being held."

Kuwait has the military legal infrastructure and personnel to deal with the soldier, Barbara Starr reports.

By Sara Sidner and Chris Lawrence

The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in a weekend rampage has been transferred out of Afghanistan, the NATO command in Kabul said Wednesday.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby said the decision by General Allen to move the suspect out of the country was based on "legal recommendation by advisers."  In addition, the U.S. military did not have a "proper facility" in Afghanistan to hold the soldier for "longer than he is being held," Kirby explained.

Neither ISAF or the Pentagon would give a location of where the soldier was flown.

The move could anger Afghans who have demanded a public trial for the soldier. It comes as Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta arrived in Kabul for meetings with the Afghan government.

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    "The American soldier accused of shooting" is all the American news outlets are talking about. Discussing in detail how many terms of duty he served, previous injuries he has sustained, and let us not forget that there are no appropriate accommodations in Afghanistan – which is why he has been transferred to an American military base. This soldier, has shown signs of post dramatic stress distorter? Did Bin Laden suffer from PDSD? Oh ya we will never ever know because he faced American justice. The American military will not even give up the guys NAME! How is that for a signal that America believes themselfs above their own law. This news article simply demonstrate the complete arrogance of the American population to the situation that Afghanistan is in.” It was under the belief that America best understood Justice that placed the accused soldier in Afghanistan in the first place- to go in and get Bin laden from the Taliban does anyone on this blog remember that? Oh ya most posters here just have the fifteen minute memory issue. For the record America – a whole world is out their. I know you think it is a mirage or it's your play ground but it is not. You are not the leaders of the free world, nor the police of the world., you simply look out for your interest and the interest of your friends that is all. The world is not safer-the world is scared to S*** by your military brutality.Nobody wants to be like you.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Catamount

      Oooooh, is somebody having self esteem problems? Does somebody need a hug?

      You sound like the fat drunkard in the sports stadium bellowing criticism to the players on the field. Talk to me when you go somewhere and do something. Until then, spare your breath; your opinion is wasted oxygen.

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      March 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • wisconsonjay

      Funny that they tell us how horrible what he did is...I agree but when terrorist attack the US that is exactly who they kill women and children and anyone else without discrimination. I believe he should be turned over to face afghan justice just as there terrorist should be turned over to us for American trial.The difference is that when they get turned over to us they will have more rights in jail than they would living free in there own country. He deserves there kind of justice just as there terrorist deserve here. They kill for religion we kill for revenge either way it is horrible and a shame on the face of good soldiers who are risking there lives everyday to help make life better for those who want it.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
      • Jim

        Doesn't even have to be attacks on the US how many civilians are killed by roadside bombs or suicide bombing. A man loses his mind and CItizens are ready to hang him , but when a roadside bomb kills 8 civilians in a mini van people say"let's just leave and let them kill each other".

        March 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • reality

      Like investigation for Muslim terrorists they should also find out that how many innocent people he killed in past, he was sniper , he might have killed lot of innocents.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Seems there's more people screaming to get this man than bringing Assad to justice.

      March 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • cahoosier

      I am curious about his name as well. However, I realize that it might jeopardize the safety of his family who are also victims in this tragedy.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:18 am | Reply
  5. Bangash

    I do not doubt American nation opinion against war mongers in America as they have been condemning them for their brutalities against the innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan and they have condemned them for spending their hard earned money in killings and bombing of poor nations. In above comments too many have asked for hand over the killer of innocent Afghan civilians to Afghan Govt for trial but despite this justice is being denied by the so called champion of universal justice. This is real face of USA. Can any one see the difference between the Hitler's Nazism and US Ramboism ?

    March 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  6. mipolitic

    well i think this mad man will be die at the hands of justice.

    so how this is brought about truly does matter.
    if the usa were to turn this freak over , what would that lead to or where would it end ? NO WE MUST BE IN CONTROL OF OUR OWN . i may agree that this guy should be turned over but on a level of wisdom that would be a huge mistake that would be a foundation for all types of arguments in the future with other world leaders. i am sure this guy will die for what he did to women and children.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • tobijah

      This guy isn't a freak. He's the creation of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who for twenty years have consistently overextended and underfunded the military. He has the blood of these people on his hands, but so do they. Excellent, thoughtful analysis at

      March 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  7. Catamount

    Give him a job with Border Patrol on the Mexican border. He appears well-qualified and we'll save a fortune on those pesky paperwork-intensive deportation proceedings.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • Starved

      Lol we would not even have to waste more effort to build a useless fence...

      March 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  8. Keith Howell

    Yes, by all means hand the soldier over to the Afghans! In return, the outraged Christian citizens of the United States demand that President Karzai, of Afghanistan, apologize to the American people for the intolerant, unholy desecration of the most sacred and holy symbol of Christianity, the cross. In addition, we demand that the students in question be surrendered to American authorities immediately, so that we may give them a fair trial and then cut off their heads. May Allah never forgive them for their unholy and violent acts of intolerance. As for burning an effigy of President Obama: they are forgiven!!

    March 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      get a life loser

      March 15, 2012 at 3:00 am | Reply
      • Keith

        Obviously you can't recognize tongue in cheek humor when you read it!! When Muslims dish out this type of crap, the Obama administration apologizes and the American media gives them all kinds of air time or printed space to vent there anti-American/anti-Christian venom.

        The U.S. soldier was WRONG!! However, I'm sure his actions will be blamed on PTSD or a head injury. After all, we are a nation of victims and no one is responsible for their actions!!

        March 15, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  9. Mike

    How many deployments can one take. I was in iraq in 2003 and got out shortly after. War can be an addiction and this says PTSD all over it. Lets see what comes up in the details.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • Rolf

      I agree with Mike. I just hope they do not make """"an example"""" of this soldier.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
  10. Jim

    All of you can say ban this and ban that . try him if Afghan courts . but there's one big difference . We are the US. our laws and freedoms are what make us what we are. If you want beheadings and firing squads and people telling you what to read and to believe then go be an Afghani.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
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    He was just carrying on with what we Christians really desire and that's the CRUSADES. Gods weapon, more to follow.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  12. Jones

    The U.S is already claiming that alcohol was involved and this monster just snapped.Nonsense.This clearly shows that we americans are no different than those we label terrorists.As an american i am outraged and ashamed that this monster was then sheltered by our government and brought back to the U.S to face justice.He brutally killed innocent women and children in Afghanistan and he should have been handed over to them to face their brand of justice.Even it if meant being beheaded at high noon while being spat upon.Now he is going to get visits from his family as well food and medical care until he is executed or sentenced to life.Let us not forget that these soldiers we call heroes were sent there to kill people who have not done them anything.They are basically killers hired by our government and given the title of soldiers.After killing people in Iraq or who they are told the enemy is they then come back home and hug their kids with blood on their hands.Shame on us.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Speak for yourself . You can't say what others think. If you wish to base the opinion of others on your beliefs then YOU are the terrorist. I don't condone the actions of the one man that committed this act , but you can't blame an entire nation

      March 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
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        March 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  13. Skorpio

    The US should ban the Koran in all military bases, it is more dangerous than any weapon. In addition, Muslim clerics use the Koran as a weapon to incite, instigate the masses against Americans. In comparison to Hitler's book: "Mein Kampf", the Koran is more violent, discriminatory and ant-Semitic. The same way Saudi Arabia confiscates and bans BIBLES because they are perceived as "subversives", the US should ban the Koran. The Koran is extremely offensive to NON-MUSLIMS, it insults, denigrates, humiliates and attacks Non-Muslims taking away their dignity and respect.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
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      If we would learn to mind our own business we would not be creating enemies all over the world.We are always preaching about the evils of communism yet we are kissing China's ass.Cuba on the other hand does not have anything we need so let's boycott them forever.Werner Von Braun was a nazi but we made him an american citizen because we needed him to work on our space program.I guess as long as you can eat barbeque on July 4th you couldn't care less what our government does.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
      • Dafiny

        His performance as President of the USA is pehrsrwoitay.He has inspired the World Leaders to create atmosphere for long wanted Peace.But recently his demand for billions of Dollars for finishing war in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to disturb the Asians @ Mid eastern Countries.Since he has been awarded the most prestigious Noble Peace Prize He should work more on dialogues and not much on confontation.The entire world is watching his activities eagerly.People expect from him global peace .His domestic programmes have been so far brought hope and for the people of his Country.It is hoped that he will remain as active as he was in his first year in office.He will work for downtrodden people of the world wherever they are from.Let him be active as ever.

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      loser get a life

      March 15, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
    • bossandnova

      Um, Skorpio? When was the last time you actually READ the Koran? Or the Bible? NO BOOK causes harm and destruction It's the actions of a few mentally unstable people who misinterpret that book or take its allegorical texts too literally. Those sick, desperate people are dangerous to society, not any one book by itself. And not everyone who reads a certain book will become dangerous, no more so than every US soldier goes on a killing rampage and shoots children! This particular soldier had a traumatic brain injury and PTSD after THREE consecutive deployments on the field of battle. It was not his Christian Bible that caused it. It was his mental instability–and inadequate prevention on the part of his superiors. Blame needs to flow UPHILL on this one, IMHO....

      March 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      So basically you're saying you have no dignity because of the Koran?

      March 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  14. Louis

    This soldier should have been tried in Afghanistan. Court martial and have his sentence carried out with representative of the Afghan govt present. The sentence could not be anything less than death by firing squad. Any less and the US would utterly discredited in the eyes of the Afghan people.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • Hahahahahaha

      How about we let the Taliban take over Buttfuckistan again? The people would really like that too I bet. Hahahahahahaha

      March 15, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply

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