SGT Akbar, the Muslim soldier accused of murdering two officers of his own unit, the 101st Airborne Division, will be court martialed...and the death penalty is on the table.
As it should be.
Akbar is accused of tossing grenades into fellow service members' tents while stationed at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait. The attack killed two officers and wounded another 14 during the early days of the Iraq war.
On Thursday, the Army announced that Akbar, 32, would face a court martial this summer and that the death penalty would be considered if he is found guilty.
Akbar faces two counts of premeditated murder and three counts of attempted murder.
It is the first time since the Vietnam War that a U.S. Army soldier has been prosecuted for the murder or attempted murder of another soldier during wartime, according to the Army.