POLITICS
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Louis Bressler Speaks: Fort Carson Soldier Charged With Two Murders

In the six years since combat operations began in Iraq, Fort Carson -- the country's third-largest Army base, with 22,000 active soldiers on duty -- has become its own kind of killing field. Before Kevin Shields was gunned down, at least three other Iraq War veterans from the base had been arrested for murder, and a fourth had committed suicide after killing his wife. Since then, at least five more GIs at Fort Carson have been arrested in connection with murders, attempted murders or manslaughter. All told, the military acknowledged this summer, 14 soldiers from the base have been charged or convicted in at least 11 slayings since 2005 -- the largest killing spree involving soldiers at a single U.S. military installation in modern history.

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