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Submission + - US soldiers plotted to kill Afghan civilians (nwsource.com)

gauharjk writes: In one of the most serious war-crimes cases to emerge from the Afghanistan war, five soldiers from a Stryker infantry brigade based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are now charged with murder for their alleged roles in killing three Afghan civilians.

Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs formed a "kill team" with a close group of US soldiers to carry out random executions of Afghans.

Gibbs, of Billings, Mont., is a veteran of two previous war-zone tours — one in Afghanistan and a second in Iraq. In the fall, he joined the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, replacing a squad leader who had been injured by an explosion.

He allegedly boasted about "stuff" he had gotten away with in Iraq and discussed plans for killing Afghans with a small circle of soldiers, according to statements by other soldiers.

All five soldiers are awaiting court-martial proceedings. If convicted, they face the possibility of life imprisonment or death.

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