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Suspect Identified In Afghan Massacre

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SEATTLE – (CBS Seattle/AP) – Military sources have identified the suspect in the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

American officials had previously said the suspect was a 38-year-old staff sergeant and that he had spent 11 years in the Army. But they had refused to release his name, saying it is military policy to publicly name a suspect only after he has been charged with an offense.

Bales has not yet been charged. He was being flown Friday from Kuwait to a military detention center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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