Afghanistan

Army Finding it Difficult to Prosecute Village Massacre

Evidence is limited and witnesses won't testify in the case of a staff sergeant charged with killing sixteen villagers

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Most everyone was asleep when an Afghan guard at a U.S. military camp spotted the American soldier walking out the southern gate into the quiet chill of thedesert. A general alarm had been sounded by the time he returned and laid his weapon on the ground.

What happened that night, U.S. authorities say, was one of the most horrific massacres of the war in Afghanistan.