Hasan will argue he shot soldiers to protect Taliban leaders
(NEWSER) – Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan gave his first public explanation for the 2009 rampage that killed 13 people yesterday: He was defending Taliban leaders. Hasan, who is representing himself in court, asked the judge for a three-month delay in the trial so he could switch his argument to a "defense of others" strategy. When pushed to identify exactly which others he was defending, he replied, "The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban," specifically citing leader Mullah Muhammad Omar, the New York Times reports.
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