The recent crop of shocking stories about the group of American soldiers—now known widely as the “Kill Team”—who formed a death squad to deliberately slaughter Afghan civilians has been topped by a new Rolling Stone exposé that makes matters much worse for Cpl. Jeremy Morlock (pictured), who has already been sentenced for playing his part in the murderous clique, and his alleged accomplices.
Be warned: The photos accompanying the Rolling Stone piece are disturbing. —KA
Early last year, after six hard months soldiering in Afghanistan, a group of American infantrymen reached a momentous decision: It was finally time to kill a haji.
Among the men of Bravo Company, the notion of killing an Afghan civilian had been the subject of countless conversations, during lunchtime chats and late-night bull sessions. For weeks, they had weighed the ethics of bagging “savages” and debated the probability of getting caught. Some of them agonized over the idea; others were gung-ho from the start. But not long after the New Year, as winter descended on the arid plains of Kandahar Province, they agreed to stop talking and actually pull the trigger.