Details Emerge about Afghan Shooting Suspect

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The lawyer for the U.S. Army sergeant accused of the massacring 16 Afghan civilians is seeking to shed light on some of the factors that may have contributed to his client reaching his breaking point.

The suspect's attorney, John Henry Browne, told reporters that prior to the shooting spree, his client saw his friend's leg blown off.

"We have been informed, at this small base that … somebody was gravely injured the day before this incident, which affected all of the soldiers there," Browne told reporters Thursday.

Another factor? After four deployments the soldier's brigade was told they would not be re-deployed to Afghanistan. But shortly before the events of Sunday night he was given the news that they would in fact be going back.

"He was told that he was not going to be re-deployed," Browne said. "I think it would be fair to say that he and his family were not happy that he was going back."

The solder has sustained two combat injuries: a concussion and a serious injury that caused him to lose part of his foot.

Browne denied reports that domestic issues back home played a role in his client's behavior, saying there was no family discord.

The soldier is a married father of two.

Meanwhile, tensions between the United States and Afghanistan remain high.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has demanded that NATO troops pull out of rural areas and speed up handing over security to Afghan forces.
CBN News Sr. International Correspondent Gary Lane warned that if U.S. troops pull out, all progress made will be lost.

"If (Defense Secretary) Leon Panetta and President Obama agree with Karzai and pull our troops out of those forward bases to fixed bases in the center of the country, what do you think is going to happen then?" Lane asked.

"They move them out, the Taliban will come in," he predicted. "And we've made tremendous success over the last year or so against the Taliban and this would probably just go the wayside."

The Army sargent made his way back to the United States Friday. He'll be held at a military maximum security prison in Kansas.

The soldier could face multiple murder changes that carry the death penalty.

Meanwhile, Afghans are furious he's been taken out of the country. They're calling for him to be put on public trial in Afghanistan.

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