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US soldier convicted of killing Afghan civilians

US soldier was convicted of three counts of murder, of conspiring to commit murder and other crimes, including assaulting a fellow soldier and taking fingers and a tooth from the dead, on Friday.

Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, sentenced to life in prison for his crimes, was the leader of the US army unit responsible for the killing of three Afghan civilians last year.

In all five soldiers have been charged with killing civilians. Some soldiers took pictures posing with the dead and took body parts as trophies.

Witnesses stated that Gibbs had orchestrated scenarios after the murders to give the impression of legitimate combat, by detonating grenades or planting weapons by the civilians.

See our earlier post: Leader of US ‘Kill Team’ begins trial (Oct 2011)

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