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Army soldier sentenced to death

Texas (AP) - A military jury in has given Army Maj. Nidal Hasan a death sentence - something that Hasan believed would be a path to martyrdom.

The American-born Muslim was convicted last week in the shooting attack at Fort Hood in 2009 that left 13 unarmed soldiers dead and more  than 30 wounded.

Hasan had no visible reaction when the sentence was announced today.

Hasan has said the attack on unarmed soldiers was motivated by a desire to protect Muslim insurgents fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than half a century.

But because the military justice system requires a lengthy appeals process, years or even decades could pass before he is put to death.

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