Factbox: Shooting adds to U.S. incidents in Afghan, Iraq wars

published Sun, Mar 11 2012 17:19 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier's shooting of over a dozen Afghan civilians represents another flashpoint from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that could inflame sentiment against the United States abroad. Local officials said 16 civilians, including nine children and three women, were killed in a nighttime shooting spree on Sunday near a U.S. base in southern Afghanistan. U.S. officials said an American staff sergeant from a unit based in Washington State was in custody after the attack on villagers in three houses. The incident, believed to be one of the worst of its kind since the U. ...

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