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Afghan village massacre survivors confront Robert Bales in courtroom

Robert Bales, the American soldier who admitted killing 16 Afghan villagers last March, faced two more massacre survivors during a sentencing hearing near Seattle on Wednesday. Mullah Khamal Adin and Haji Mohammad Wazir took the stand at Joint Forces Base Lewis-McChord, telling a six-person tribunal about their lives since the killings, KING 5 TV in Seattle reported.

Afghans fear conflict will escalate long after it ends for America

KABUL, Afghanistan — The doubts that always clouded the NATO mission here have assumed a grim finality for many Afghans now that the end is in sight. Time is running out for the key issues to be resolved, they say, and they fear the conflict will escalate for them long after it ends for America. And so all the interested parties — politicians, civilians and insurgents — are now maneuvering themselves into position for a post-US future.
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