Yalda Hakim, a journalist for SBS Dateline in Australia, was born in Afghanistan and immigrated to Australia as a child. She is the first international journalist to interview the surviving witnesses, which she was able to do after American officials tried to prevent her contact with the village witnesses.
“One man entered the room and the others were standing in the yard, holding lights,” Noorbinak said in the interview.
Amina, a mother of six children whose husband was murdered, told Hakim: “When they shot dead my husband, I tried to drag him into the house, they'd shot him in the head so his brain was all over my hands. I had to use a bowl for his blood."
“I saw more than 20 people when I looked out the house. The Americans pointed their gun at me and threatened me, telling me not to leave the house or they'd kill me,” Amina continued.
Claims that Bales did not act alone are being examined by President Hamid Karzai’s chief investigator, General Sher Mohammad Karimi.
US Army officials have repeatedly denied that others were involved in the massacre, maintaining that Bales acted alone.