Army Deserter Sgt. Micah Turner Reappears in D.C., N.Y. to Protest Afghanistan WarSubmitted by PaulFanDC on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 13:25
Eleven years to the day after U.S. troops first landed in Afghanistan, an American soldier who says he was deployed three times to Afghanistan and once to Iraq tried to give himself up to authorities Sunday after deserting his active-duty unit more than a month ago.
Turner told the assembled audience in New York Sunday that he was in Afghanistan the night al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, and remembered his fellow soldiers asking "Is the war over? Should we pack up?"
"But the word never came, and a lot of good men died that year," said Turner. "There is no justification for this war. There is no reason our brothers and sisters should die in the sand... It is my duty to dissent."