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Afghan fury as US 'massacre' soldier escapes death

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Survivors and victims' relatives on Thursday voiced fury that the US soldier who massacred 16 Afghan villagers last year would escape the death penalty after pleading guilty. 

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (left) is shown at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, on August 23, 2011. Survivors and victims' relatives have voiced fury that Bales -- the US soldier who massacred 16 Afghan villagers last year -- would escape the death penalty after pleading guilty.

Sergeant Robert Bales admitted 16 counts of murder in a packed courtroom in Washington state on Wednesday over the killings in March 2012 that caused outrage in Afghanistan and plunged US-Afghan ties to a new low.

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