Boise Soldier, 11 Others Face New Charges of War Crimes


An Idaho soldier, already charged with killing civilians in Afghanistan, is now facing an additional charge of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder.

The Seattle Times reported Wednesday, Aug. 25, that Pfc Andrew Holmes of Boise is named in a plot that began when one soldier discussed how easy it would be to "toss a grenade" at Afghan civilians in Kandahar Province earlier this year. Three civilians were shot and killed, and two were also hit with grenades in what is being called one of the most serious war-crimes cases to emerge from the Afghan war.

The Times reports conspiracy allegations have been filed against Holmes and 11 other soldiers.

Holmes is awaiting court martial and could face life in prison or death if convicted.