Soldier Could Face Death Penalty In Afghan Killings, Panetta Say - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Soldier Could Face Death Penalty In Afghan Killings, Panetta Says

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan men, women and children in a house-to-house shooting rampage could face the death penalty, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

Panetta spoke to reporters as he flew to the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan for high-level talks Tuesday.

Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets Tuesday to protest the killings as the Taliban threatened to behead "Americans anywhere in the country."

An American sergeant is suspected of shooting nine children, three women and four men in two villages near his combat outpost in southern Afghanistan on Sunday. click here to read more

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