(DAILY MAIL) — The U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan villagers, including nine children, had suffered a traumatic brain injury when his vehicle over-turned on a previous tour of Iraq but was cleared for active service, it was revealed today.
The father-of-two, 38, who has not been named, was today in U.S. custody, accused of killing the civilians in their homes on Saturday night and then burning some of the corpses - 11 victims were members of the same family.
Military officials said that the soldier was trained as a sniper after he had undergone mental health screening and passed in 2008.
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The Army sergeant was believed to have been having marital problems and had trouble reintegrating to society following his last tour of Iraq - but had 'worked through' his issues.