June 17, 2013
Photos of U.S. Soldiers Posing With Afghan Bombers’ Body Parts Draw Condemnation
Posted on Apr 18, 2012
Here we go again. Just months after U.S. Marines were videotaped urinating on Afghan corpses comes the latest scandal involving the dead in Afghanistan: photographs of American soldiers posing with the remains of Afghan insurgents. The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday printed two of the 18 photos provided to the paper by a soldier from the Army division involved.
An investigation is under way. The conduct has already been condemned by President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
“This is not who we are, and it’s certainly not who we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform who are serving there,” Panetta said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “[T]he conduct depicted in those photographs is reprehensible. It does not in any way represent the standards, the high standards of the U.S. military. And the president certainly shares in the Defense secretary’s opinion that this needs to be investigated, and it will be investigated, and that those responsible will be held accountable.” —TEB
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