Only months after a YouTube video showing U.S. soldiers urinating on the bodies of slain Afghan insurgents went viral, new images of American servicemen allegedly defiling enemy bodies appear in the media.
According to the Los Angeles Times, after inspecting the mangled remains of an Afghan suicide bomber, soldiers of the 82nd Airborne division posed for photos, grinning, while some held the corpse’s severed legs.
The incident is said to have occurred in Afghanistan’s Zabol province in February of 2010. Three months later the same platoon reportedly posed for similar shots with the remains of three Afghan insurgent said to have blown themselves up accidentally.
[U.S. Defense] Secretary [Leon] Panetta strongly rejects the conduct depicted in these two-year-old photographs. These images by no means represent the values or professionalism of the vast majority of U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan today.” – Pentagon statement
According to the L.A. Times, a soldier released the images to the publication to draw attention to breakdowns in leadership and discipline.
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