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Soldier who killed 16 Afghans was drunk at the time caught on surveillance

Not known if any of those killed were Taliban militants

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    Marines in Afghanistan

    Thousands protested the killing of 16 Afghans by a U.S. soldier by burning an effigy of Barack Obama and chanting for the killer to be tried in Afghanistan.

    Nine children and three women were among those killed in the massacre.

    The soldier who has been accused of the killings suffered a traumatic brain injury when his vehicle rolled over during a tour of duty in Iraq.

    New reports are saying that the soldier was intoxicated at the time of the killings.

    A surveillance video from the U.S. base in Afghanistan shows the soldier returning from the massacre and putting his weapon on the ground.

    Soldier’s base has had trouble in the past with civilians being killed

    Some of the corpses were burned after they were killed by the 38 year old sergeant who left his base early in the morning.

    He could face the death penalty for the killings Obama administration officials say.

    Demonstrators in the city of Jalalabad chanted “Death to America — Death to Obama”.

    A protesters banner read, “Jihad (holy war) is the only way to get the invading Americans out of Afghanistan…”

    It was not confirmed if those killed by the soldier were Taliban militants.

    A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email, “The Islamic Emirate once again warns the American animals that the mujahedeen will avenge them, and with the help of Allah will kill and behead your sadistic murderous soldiers”.

    The Taliban recently threatened to behead U.S. troops over the killings. U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan now for 10 years.

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