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  1. 1. U.S. Soldiers Accused in Afghan Civilian Murders - CBS Evening News - CBS News Page 1 of 4 THE PENTAGON, May 20, 2010U.S. Soldiers Accused in AfghanCivilian MurdersSquad of 10 Soldiers Under Investigation in Deaths of 3 Villagers Who q gAngered Troops; Charges Could be Filed Next WeekBy David Martin (CBS) Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, has gone to extraordinary lengths to reduce the accidental killing of Afghan civilians, but now there is a case in which American soldiers are accused of murder. The alleged killings happened near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are gearingPlay CBS Video U.S. Troops Accused of up for the most important operation of the war, CBSMurder News national security correspondent DavidThe U.S. military has gone to Martin reports.extraordinary lengths to reduce theaccidental killing of Afghan civilians.Now, 10 American soldiers are accused of Special Section: Afghanistanintentionally murdering civilians. DaveMartin reports. Members of a squad of about 10 American soldiers are under investigation for murdering at least three local villagers who had angered them. According to the allegations, this is not a case of civilians being mistaken for Taliban fighters and not a one-time moment of rage. Instead, it happened on different occasions over the past several months. The squad leader, a sergeant, is said to have done the shooting.(CBS) EXHIBIT 132 9/8/2010
  2. 2. U.S. Soldiers Accused in Afghan Civilian Murders - CBS Evening News - CBS News Page 2 of 4 In addition, some members of the squad are accusedof smoking hash.Charges could be brought against the soldiers as early as next week. 9/8/2010
  3. 3. U.S. Soldiers Charged in Afghan Civilian Murders - CBS Evening News - CBS News Page 1 of 4 THE PENTAGON, Sept. 8, 2010U.S. Soldiers Charged in AfghanCivilian MurdersFive Soldiers Accused of Murdering Afghan Civilians Just Because They g Afghan fgCould; Seven More Involved in Cover-Up (CBS) Gen. David Petraeus has said the United States cant succeed in Afghanistan without winning the hearts and minds of Afghan civilians. Now, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports, theres a disturbing development in a story first reported in May involving U.S. soldiers accused of killing civilians in gFive American soldiers are accused of cold blood.murdering Afghan civilians. (CBS) Twelve soldiers have been charged in the case. If the charges are proven, this was the platoon from Special Report: AfghanistanFive American soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians just because they could, seven fmore involved in the cover-up; plus mutilating corpses, taking pot shots at Afghan civilians,smoking hashish, and beating up a private who blew the whistle.They may have done more harm to the American cause in Afghanistan than any equivalentnumber of Taliban could hope to cause."This is the kind of thing that hurts us enormously," says Michael OHanlon, a senior fellow onforeign policy at the Brookings Institution. "It will have a disproportionate effect, just like AbuGhraib did. Just like any such incident. Just like the Quran burning would in Florida." 9/8/2010
  4. 4. U.S. Soldiers Charged in Afghan Civilian Murders - CBS Evening News - CBS News Page 2 of 4The soldiers were operating in the Taliban heartland near Kandahar where they were supposed tobe winning hearts and minds. According to court documents, it began when Sgt. Calvin Gibbsjoked about how easy it would be "toss a grenade at someone and kill them."It turned into a conspiracy when five soldiers allegedly formed a "kill team" and on separateoccasions murdered three Afghan civilians, apparently chosen at random.Defense attorneys intend to fight the charges -- but whatever the outcome of the court case thedamage in Afghanistan has already been done. 9/8/2010
  5. 5. Confession Video: US Soldier Describes Thrill Kill of Innocent Afghans Page 1 of 2Confession Video: US Soldier Describes Thrill Kill ofInnocent AfghansCorporal, 22, Tells How His Crazy Sergeant Allegedly Murdered For Kicks, Collected BodyPartsBy MATTHEW COLE and BRIAN ROSSSept. 27, 2010—Dressed in a t-shirt and Army shorts, a 22-year-old corporal from Wasilla, Alaska casually describes on l ya video tape made by military investigators how his units "crazy" sergeant randomly chose three p y y g tunarmed, innocent victims to be murdered in Afghanistan. g pCorporal Jeremy N. Morlock is one of five GIs charged with pre-meditated murder in a case thatincludes allegations of widespread drug use, the collection of body parts and photos of the U.S. soldiers g p g ,holding the Afghan bodies like hunters trophies.All five soldiers were part of the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, of the 2nd Infantry Division, based at Ft.Lewis-McChord, Washington. In charging documents released by the Army, the military alleges that thefive, Staff Sgt. Calvin R. Gibbs, Spec Adam C. Winfield, Spec. Michael S. Wagnon II, Pfc. Andrew H.Holmes and Morlock were involved in one or more of three murders that took place between Januaryand May of this year.Lawyers and family members of the soldiers say they all intend to fight the charges.An Article 32 hearing for Morlock, the military equivalent of a grand jury, is scheduled later today atFort Lewis-McChord, Washington.On the tape, obtained by ABC News, Morlock admits his role in the deaths of three Afghans but claimsthe plan was organized by his units sergeant, Calvin Gibbs, who is also charged with pre-meditatedmurder."He just really doesnt have any problems with f---ing killing these people," Morlock said on tape as he j y yp g g p p , plaid out the scenario he said the sergeant used to make it seem the civilians were killed in action."And so we identify a guy. Gibbs makes a comment, like, you know, you guys wanna wax this guy orwhat?" Morlock told military investigators during an interview videotaped in May at Kandahar Airfield,Afghanistan.The corporal said Gibbs gave orders to open fire on the civilian at the same time Gibbs threw a hand 9/27/2010
  6. 6. Confession Video: US Soldier Describes Thrill Kill of Innocent Afghans Page 2 of 2grenade at the victim."He pulled out one of his grenades, an American grenade, you know, popped it, throws it, tells me where p g , g ,y , p pp ,to go to whack this guy, kill this guy, kill this guy," Morlock told the investigators.Allegations that US Soldiers Killed Innocent Civilians in AfghanistanMorlock said Sergeant Gibbs carried a Russian grenade to throw next to the body of the dead Afghan, to g gmake it seem he was about to attack the American soldiers.The corporal said he opened fire as directed, fearful of not following Gibbs orders."Its definitely not the right thing to do," Morlock told the investigators. "But I mean, when you got asquad leader bringing you into that, that type of real, that mindset, and he believes that youre on boardwith that, theres definitely no way you wanted him to think otherwise."The investigator asked Morlock, "Because you felt maybe the next shot might be coming your way?""You never know. Exactly," answered Morlock. "I mean Gibbs talked about how easy it is, peopledisappear on the battlefield all the time."A lawyer for Gibbs declined to comment. All five charged are in military custody.Morlocks lawyer, Michael Waddington, said his client made his confession at a time when he was y ,taking heavy medication."My client did not kill anyone," said Waddington. "He did not use any bullets or any grenades to kill anyof these individuals."In addition to murder, the Armys charging documents allege rampant drug use in Morlocks unit, as wellas the dismemberment of dead Afghan civilians.Cpl. Morlock describes how Sergeant Gibbs allegedly collected the fingers of some of his Afghanvictims."Its his thing now," said Morlock. "I dont know, his crazy stuff. War trophies, whatever."Morlock said Gibbs boasted of carrying out similar murders in Iraq but was never caught and threatened y g q gthe men in his unit with harm if they refused to participate or revealed what was happening."If Gibbs knew that I was sitting in front of this camera right now, theres no doubt in my mind that hedf---ing take me out if he had to," Morlock told the Army investigators.Matthew.A.Cole@Abcnews.comClick Here for the Blotter Homepage.Copyright © 2010 ABC News Internet Ventures 9/27/2010