U.S. Pays Afghans $50K Per Shooting Death

The families of the slain Afghan civilians have received $50,000 from the United States government, a U.S. official confirms.

A man sits in the back of a truck with the bodies of several men and a child allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP)

The families of the slain Afghan civilians have received $50,000 from the United States government, according to an Afghan official and community elder.

Each wounded person received $11,000, Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai said.

The recipients were told the money came from President Obama.

A U.S. official confirmed that the families did receive compensation for their loss, but did not say the amount.

A spokesman for NATO and U.S. forces declined to confirm or deny the payments, saying that while coalition members often make compensation payments, they are usually kept private.

"As the settlement of claims is in most cases a sensitive topic for those who have suffered loss, it is usually a matter of agreement that the terms of the settlement remain confidential," Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings said.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales stands accused of gunning down 16 Afghan civilians in their sleep, wounding six more, and then burning some of the bodies. Bales allegedly used his 9 mm pistol and M-4 rifle, outfitted with a grenade launcher. Nine children were among those killed.

U.S. officials said Saturday that investigators now believe Bales may have divided the massacre in half, returning to his base in the middle of the killings before heading out for a second round.

Bales has been charged with 17 counts of murder, though the U.S. has not explained the numeric discrepancy. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

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  • by jp Location: c/s on Mar 26, 2012 at 06:38 PM
    what he did was wrong on many levels and he'll get what he deserves. with that being said now that afghan forces just killed 2 British soldiers and 1 american, is the afgan gov going to pay 50,000 per death to us?
  • by Dilford Location: CS on Mar 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM
    those look like nice packing quilts- wonder if they made them or stole them from u-haul.
  • by Jim Location: Cos on Mar 26, 2012 at 03:47 AM
    I say let him go to prison. He killed kids. we are not even talking colateral deaths, he aimed for them. Compensation for him? Seriously? You must be one of those people blinded by this whole thing. Tgis guy needs to be locked up with the likes of others murderers
  • by kemo Location: colorado on Mar 25, 2012 at 07:24 PM
    makes me sick that we send our men to fight and possably die in another country,and then dont back them when something goes wrong,how about those of us who have lost someone ,wheres our compinsation....war is war ,we have know idea what this soldier has been through...i say we compinsate him.....
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      by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2012 at 04:18 AM in reply to kemo
      But they keep enlisting dont they? Just the cost of doing business in the military industrial complex.
  • by John Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 25, 2012 at 03:04 PM
    We paid them? The Taliban have been killing them for years and I've never heard them pay the families. And last time I checked the soldier was still innocent until proven guilty. Looks like he's already been tried and convicted. Time to get out and let them kill each other.
  • by Me on Mar 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
    Get....the.....heck....out!!!!! Its time to end this war! We keep hearing we needan exit strategy. B.s......just leave. Didnt vietnam teach us anything?
  • by ummm..... on Mar 25, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    KKTV when was it released what weapons he used or that bodies were burned? In no official statement have those claims been backed up. Might want to fact check.
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