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dateline: 13 March 2012

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US Soldier Murders 16 in Afghanistan

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • allegedly: believed by many to be true; not yet proven
  • rampage: movement in a violent manner
  • turn oneself in: to surrender to authorities after committing a crime
  • rogue: villainous
  • massacre: a murder involving many victims
  • public trial: a court case that is open for all to see; not private
  • retaliate: fight back

US Soldier Murders 16 in Afghanistan

A US Army sergeant allegedly  and killed 16 innocent civilians in a remote village of Afghanistan over the
. The rampage occurred under the cover of darkness while families were in their homes. 4 men, 3 women and 9 children were killed. The rogue soldier, who was reportedly working alone, turned himself in immediately following the massacre. US President Barack Obama apologized to the people of Afghanistan, and promised a  investigation. Afghanistan’s parliament is demanding a public trial for the suspect.  protests heated up immediately, and the Taliban vowed to retaliate.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is the murderer?
  2. Where did the massacre take place?
  3. What did Afghanistan’s parliament call for following the news of this murder?

Discussion Question: Deadly protests took place in Afghanistan after US troops burned copies of the Quran last month. What backlash can be expected from a massacre by one rogue soldier?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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