Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret "kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies. Their secret serial "kill team" collected fingers as trophies. More
Gibbs faces a maximum sentence of life in prison over charges including three counts of premeditated murder, in a scandal that has threatened Abu Ghraib-style embarrassment for the US military.
"You're going to learn that this platoon (was) out of control," Mr. Mazzone said in an opening statement to Gibbs' court martial, which began on Friday with jury selection.
Gibbs is accused of staging the killings between January and March 2010 to make them look like legitimate combat casualties. If convicted he faces a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole. More
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