After what was already a stressed relationship with Afghans because of recent Quran burnings at a US base, the United States compensated the victims of the Kandahar shootings, by an American solider who snapped and went on a killing spree to try to ease tensions.
They paid the victims with money that the villagers were told came from President Barak Obama; $50,000 was given to each family for each relative killed, and $11,000 was given to each person wounded in the incident according to an Afghan official.
The shootings occurred on March 11th and carried out by Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who snuck into several homes of Afghan villagers while they slept and opened fire, killing men, women, and children. Overall 17 Afghan civilians were killed, and 5 were wounded.
Many in Afghanistan believe that the US is covering up the massacre and using Bales as the scape goat, siting that just one man could not of massacred all those people by himself. Since the incident, Bales has been flown out of the country and is been detained at a US military prison.
So far, according to US investigators, it appeared Bales returned to his base after shootings in one village and before going back out to another village.
If convicted, Bales could receive the death penalty; he has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and various other crimes.