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Tuesday, 20 March 2012 - 8:31
Afghan massacre suspect meets lawyer
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A lawyer for the US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in their homes has met the suspect at a US army prison for the first time.

John Henry Browne said his three-hour meeting with Staff Sgt Robert Bales at Fort Leavenworth was "emotional".

The killings have undermined US relations with Kabul and called into question the NATO timetable for pulling troops out of Afghanistan.

Sgt Bales, 38, is being held in solitary confinement pending charges.

He arrived at the military detention centre in Kansas last Friday after being flown from Kuwait.

Sgt Bales is the only known suspect in the killings - despite repeated Afghan assertions that more than one American was involved.

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