Robert Bales http://kuow.org en Department Of Defense Declines To Release Investigation Into Bales' Command http://kuow.org/post/department-defense-declines-release-investigation-bales-command <p>The Department of Defense has denied a request by reporters for information about Staff Sergeant Robert Bales’ murder of 16 Afghan civilians. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:47:06 +0000 Patricia Murphy 28282 at http://kuow.org Department Of Defense Declines To Release Investigation Into Bales' Command Thought Of 'Flames Of Hell' For Sgt. Bales Comforts Afghans http://kuow.org/post/thought-flames-hell-sgt-bales-comforts-afghans It was jarring for survivors and witnesses of the 2012 attack by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales on two villages in Afghanistan to come to the U.S. to testify at his trial this month, translator Ahmad Shafi <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/08/30/217099446/afghan-survivors-flew-to-u-s-for-massacre-trial" target="_blank">tells <em>Morning Edition</em></a>.<p>They were at Washington State's Joint Base Lewis-McChord — a place much different than their homes in Kandahar. What's more, the U.S. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19450 at http://kuow.org Thought Of 'Flames Of Hell' For Sgt. Bales Comforts Afghans U.S. Soldier Sentenced To Life In Afghan Village Attacks http://kuow.org/post/jury-sentences-us-soldier-life-term-afghan-village-attacks A military jury has sentenced Robert Bales, the U.S. Army staff sergeant who admitted to killing 16 Afghan civilians in 2012, to life in prison without parole. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:38:12 +0000 Bill Chappell 19109 at http://kuow.org U.S. Soldier Sentenced To Life In Afghan Village Attacks Emotional Testimony: Bales' Sentencing Trial Begins For Massacre In Afghanistan http://kuow.org/post/emotional-testimony-bales-sentencing-trial-begins-massacre-afghanistan <p>Staff Sgt Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty in June to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, is being tried before a military jury of six who will decide whether he should be eligible for parole. Nine Afghan villagers who survived the massacre have flown to Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the sentencing trial. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:59:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins & Bill Radke 18958 at http://kuow.org Emotional Testimony: Bales' Sentencing Trial Begins For Massacre In Afghanistan Afghan Massacre Survivors React To Bales' Guilty Plea http://kuow.org/post/afghan-massacre-survivors-react-bales-guilty-plea <p></p><p>Yesterday US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to a brutal massacre. The night time killings took place on March 11 of last year in two small villages located near a remote military camp in Kandahar. Since the massacre Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon has spent a lot of time with the survivors and the families of the victims in Afghanistan. She describes how they've dealt with the massacre's emotional aftermath.</p><p>There's something exceptional about <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/episode/2013/06/05/afghan-plea-ici-radio-canada-russian-economist-ontario-government-deletes-emails/">this interview</a>. While it's possible to get swept up into the international drama of an event like the Bales massacre, Gannon reminds us that at the center of the media storm there are ordinary people who have suffered.</p><p><strong>Full list of stories from <em>KUOW Presents</em>, June 6:</strong> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:43:51 +0000 Producer 14468 at http://kuow.org Afghan Massacre Survivors React To Bales' Guilty Plea Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Pleads Guilty To Afghan Murders http://kuow.org/post/staff-sgt-robert-bales-pleads-guilty-afghan-murders <p><em>Correction 6/6/2013: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Staff Sgt. Bales was from Lake Tapps, Ohio.</em></p><p>Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier from Lake Tapps, Wash., charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during night time raids on two villages last year, pleaded guilty Wednesday to avoid the death penalty. The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance has accepted his plea agreement which takes the option of the&nbsp; death penalty off the table.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:50:07 +0000 Patricia Murphy & Jim Gates 14405 at http://kuow.org Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Pleads Guilty To Afghan Murders What Sgt. Bales’ Guilty Plea Means for Afghanistan And The United States http://kuow.org/post/what-sgt-bales-guilty-plea-means-afghanistan-and-united-states <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Today Sergeant Robert Bales admitted to killing 16 Afghan civilians.&nbsp;How will Afghanis react if Bales does not get the death penalty? &nbsp;What will that mean for the US troop withdrawal strategy?&nbsp;Patricia Murphy reports live from the trial, and Ross Reynolds interviews Larry Goodson, South Asian Specialist at the US Army War College; plus&nbsp;Kate Clark, a senior analyst with the Afghanistan analysts network, and President Hamid Karzai's brother Mahmood. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:03:40 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 14380 at http://kuow.org What Sgt. Bales’ Guilty Plea Means for Afghanistan And The United States Military Judge Orders Sanity Review For Soldier Accused In Massacre http://kuow.org/post/military-judge-orders-sanity-review-soldier-accused-massacre <p></p><p></p><p>Attorneys for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales say they’re unsure if they’ll pursue a mental health defense in the case.&nbsp;</p><p>But if they do, the judge has ordered that the soldier must undergo a so-called sanity board review.</p><p>Bales is accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians and wounding six others in an overnight rampage last March.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:25:51 +0000 Patricia Murphy 6796 at http://kuow.org Military Judge Orders Sanity Review For Soldier Accused In Massacre Bales Defense Team Calls Army's Decision 'Disappointing' http://kuow.org/post/bales-defense-team-calls-armys-decision-disappointing <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/12/121912AJ_BalesReaction_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The top forces commander at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord has decided to seek the death penalty against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He’s the 39-year old soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year.<p>Bales is accused of conducting two predawn raids on villages in southern Afghanistan. The victims were mostly women and children and the Army says some of the bodies were burned. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:12:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5432 at http://kuow.org Bales Defense Team Calls Army's Decision 'Disappointing' The Risks Of Reporting From Syria http://kuow.org/post/risks-reporting-syria <p></p><p></p><p>According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 28 reporters have been killed Syria this year —&nbsp;making it one of the most dangerous places on earth for the media to cover. What makes reporting from Syria so dangerous, and why do journalists continue to risk their lives for the story?&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 5363 at http://kuow.org The Risks Of Reporting From Syria Army Orders Sgt. Bales To Capital Court Martial http://kuow.org/post/army-orders-sgt-bales-capital-court-martial The U.S. Army announced Wednesday that Staff&#160;Sgt. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:51:00 +0000 editor 5387 at http://kuow.org Army Orders Sgt. Bales To Capital Court Martial Reporter Update: Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Accused Of Massacre http://kuow.org/post/reporter-update-joint-base-lewis-mcchord-soldier-accused-massacre <p></p><p>Pre-trial hearings continue this evening at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. He’s accused of massacring 16 civilians in Afghanistan, including nine children. Prosecutors say he left his base last March and went on an overnight five-hour killing spree.</p><p>The hearings will determine whether the case will advance to court-martial, where the government has said it plans to seek the death penalty. KUOW’s Sara Lerner spoke with Patricia Murphy, who’s covering the hearings. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 19:46:20 +0000 Sara Lerner & Patricia Murphy 3352 at http://kuow.org Afghan Witnesses Testimony Next Step In Bales Hearings http://kuow.org/post/afghan-witnesses-testimony-next-step-bales-hearings <p>Pretrial hearings for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales continue tonight when Afghan villagers and soldiers are expected to testify by video. The hearings are expected to run into the early morning hours US time.</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 18:50:20 +0000 Patricia Murphy 3322 at http://kuow.org Afghan Witnesses Testimony Next Step In Bales Hearings