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Adam C. Winfield
Born 1988 (age 28–29)

Adam C. Winfield, faces charges for a role in a murder conspriacy at FOB Ramrod, Kandahar. His family reports that Winfield had been trying to blow the whistle on the actual conspirators.
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Specialist
Unit 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade)
Relations Emma and Christopher Winfield, parents

Army Staff Specialist Adam C. Winfield a US soldier from the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is charged with conspiracy and murder for allegedly plotting to kill Afghan civilians.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

On August 27, 2010, after new charges were unsealed, The Australian described the conspiracy as "one of the most serious war-crimes cases to emerge from the Afghan war."[7][8][9][10][11]

Winfield is member of the same US army unit as Sergeant Calvin Gibbs who allegedly formed a "kill team" to murder Afghan civilians for thrills.[7] Gibbs is reported to have threatened to kill Winfield, if he didn't participate in attempts to cover-up the killings.[3][12]

Christopher Winfield the father of Adam said that his son sent him Facebook messages home asking for help after the first Afghan civilian had been allegedly murdered.[13] Winfield called the Army and a military hot line asking officials to investigate - to no avail. Two more Afghan civilians died before an investigation revealed the alleged plot and now a total of 12 soldiers face 74 charges in connection with the alleged war crime. Adam Winfield is charged with conspiracy and murder a male of apparent Afghan decent by throwing a grenade at him and shooting him with firearms. According to Winfield's parents, while he obeyed an order to fire on the third Afghan civilian, he deliberately fired to miss.

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  1. "Army charges 3 more in Afghan civilian killings". CNN. 2010-06-16. http://articles.cnn.com/2010-06-16/world/afghanistan.soldiers.charges_1_army-charges-killings-military-justice?_s=PM:WORLD. Retrieved 2010-09-15. "Pfc. Andrew Holmes, 19, from Boise, Idaho, and Spc. Adam Winfield, 21, from Cape Coral, Florida, each face one count of murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Holmes is accused of killing Afghan civilian Gul Mudin in January with a grenade and rifle. Winfield is accused of killing civilian Mullah Adahdad in May in a similar manner." 
  2. "US troops charged in Afghan deaths". Hurriyet Daily News. 2010-06-17. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=us-troops-charged-in-afghan-deaths-2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-09-15. "The charging sheets, with the names of the accusers and officers involved blanked out, say Morlock and Gibbs shot Agha and used fragmentary grenades and their rifles to kill Mudin and Adahdad. Holmes is accused of throwing a grenade at and shooting Mudin, Winfield of doing the same to Adahdad, and Wagnon of shooting Agha." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Barbara Starr (2010-09-10). "Army: 12 soldiers killed Afghans, mutilated corpses". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/09/afghan.coverup/. Retrieved 2010-09-15. "Gibbs is also charged with telling another soldier to lie about the incidents including the platoon's involvement in illegal drug use. He is alleged to have told Spc. Adam Winfield, 'I'm going to send you home by dropping a tow bar on you,' if Winfield revealed information to investigators." 
  4. Martha Kang (2010-09-09). "Army: Lewis-McChord soldiers kept killed civilians' body parts". Komo News. http://www.komonews.com/news/local/102493609.html. Retrieved 2010-09-15. "Gibbs is also accused of instructing a soldier to "lie to CID investigators when questioned about (his) platoon's involvement in drug use and the unlawful killings of Afghan non-combatants," the document said. Investigators said Gibbs also threatened the soldier by saying, "I'm going to send you home by dropping a tow bar on you." Holmes and Winfield have been charged with wrongful use of hashish." 
  5. "Additional charges filed in Afghan civilians' deaths". Seattle Times. 2010-08-24. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012712933_additionalcharges25m.html. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  6. Mike Archibold (2010-08-26). "12 soldiers face 74 charges". The Olympian. http://www.theolympian.com/2010/08/26/1348068/12-soldiers-now-face-charges.html. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "US soldiers 'plotted to slay Afghans'". The Australian. 2010-08-27. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/us-soldiers-plotted-to-slay-afghans/story-e6frg6so-1225910620095. Retrieved 2010-09-15. "Sergeant Gibbs formed a "kill team" to randomly execute Afghan civilians while on patrol, the documents said. Sergeant Gibbs has denied any involvement in the killings. The three who were killed were shot. Two were also hit with grenades in one of the most serious war-crimes cases to emerge from the Afghan war." 
  8. Hal Bernton (2010-08-24). "Stryker soldiers allegedly plotted to kill Afghan civilians". Seattle Times. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012712859_civiliandeaths25m.html. Retrieved 2010-09-15. "Last December, Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs began joking with other soldiers about how easy it would be to "toss a grenade" at Afghan civilians and kill them, according to statements made by fellow platoon members to military investigators." 
  9. Lynn Herrmann (2010-09-10). "US Army 'kill team' allegedly murdered Afghan innocents for sport". Digital Journal. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/297325. Retrieved 2010-09-17. "The charges appear to be some of the most serious war crimes to have emerged in the Afghan occupation, an occupation that President Obama recently referred to as a “tough slog.”" 
  10. Hal Bernton (2010-09-08). "Stryker soldiers allegedly took corpses' fingers". Seattle Times. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012845630_stryker9m.html. Retrieved 2010-09-17. "As part of one of the widest-ranging U.S. war-crime cases to emerge from the conflict in Afghanistan, charging documents released Wednesday allege soldiers took finger bones and other body parts cut from Afghan corpses." 
  11. Marc Hujer (2010-09-13). "Did US Soldiers Target Afghan Civilians? War Crime Allegations Threaten to Harm America's Image". Der Spiegel. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,717127,00.html. Retrieved 2010-09-17. "If the claims made in the indictment are true, the crimes committed by the kill team went beyond the killing of Afghan civilians. In fact, the men allegedly devised "scenarios" for the killings, a kind of script that included plausible pretexts for the murders. Gibbs is believed to have been the planner, while the younger team members did the shooting. The men apparently treated killing as a sport." 
  12. "U.S. soldiers accused of murders". Nationla Post. 2010-09-10. http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/soldiers+accused+murders/3504121/story.html. Retrieved 2010-09-16. "CNN reported he is alleged to have told Specialist Adam Winfield, 'I'm going to send you home by dropping a tow bar on you,' if he revealed information to investigators." 
  13. "Twelve U.S. soldiers face trial after Afghan civilians 'were killed for sport and their fingers collected as trophies'". Daily Mail. 2010-09-10. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/travelnews/article-1310540/Twelve-US-soldiers-face-trial-Afghan-civilians-killed-sport--whistle-blower-originally-ignored.html. Retrieved 2010-09-16. "The new details about Winfield's efforts to alert the Army and his son's pleas raised questions about the Army's handling of the case and its system for allowing soldiers to report misconduct by their colleagues." 

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