US soldier involved in massacre identified

His defense will be that he is suffering from PTSD, which could be a winning strategy considering that this was his 4th combat deployment. The Hill: The U.S. soldier accused of going on a shooting rampage that left 16 Afghan civilians dead on Sunday has been identified as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a U.S. official confirmed to The Hill. Bales, 38, is a veteran of three combat tours in Iraq and was on his first tour in Afghanistan during the incident. Bales had been in country since December and it was his fourth combat tour in 10 years. He is currently en route to the military's maximum-security facility in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Bales' attorney, John Henry Browne, told NBC News on Friday he planned to argue that his client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which may have led to the unprovoked attack. Bales may also have suffered traumatic brain injury during his multiple tours in Iraq. Bales allegedly left his base on early Sunday morning and headed to a nearby village....(Read Full Post)