Hasan: 'Illegal war' provoked Fort Hood rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – American soldiers deploying overseas to “engage in an illegal war” provoked the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, the soldier accused in the attack said Wednesday after refusing to mount a defense during his trial.

Maj. Nidal Hasan could face the death penalty if convicted for the attack that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others at the Texas military base. But when given the chance to rebut prosecutors’ lengthy case – which included nearly 90 witnesses and hundreds of pieces of evidence – the Army psychiatrist declined.

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