US Troops Posed With Suicide Bombers' Remains
Soldier gives 18 images to 'Los Angeles Times'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 18, 2012 7:46 AM CDT
Updated Apr 18, 2012 7:53 AM CDT
The body of a militant lies on the ground after a gun battle in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this file photo. This is not one of the photos in question.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

(Newser) – On at least two occasions, paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division posed for pictures with body parts of fallen Afghan insurgents, the Los Angeles Times revealed today, after a soldier from the division sent the paper 18 resulting photos. In one, soldiers grin for the camera while holding aloft the corpse's severed legs; in another, they have a severed hand flip off the camera. In still another, someone placed a patch reading "Zombie Hunter" next to some remains.

The anonymous soldier who provided the photos said he did so to call attention to the poor leadership and discipline he saw in Afghanistan. The Army has launched a criminal investigation, and says it will "take appropriate action" against those in the photos, most of whom have been identified; the AP notes that top military officials have condemned the soldiers' actions. But a Pentagon spokesman also criticized the Times for releasing the two-year-old images, saying they might incite violence against the troops. The Times says it viewed printing a "small but representative selection" as its "obligation." Click to see the photos it chose to run.

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Apr 19, 2012 7:21 AM CDT
Let me see if I've got this right. Now we are supposed to sympathize with the terrorists, and condemn our soldiers? Oh, HELL NO!
Apr 19, 2012 2:05 AM CDT
Who gives a shit, they were suicide bombers
Apr 18, 2012 8:31 PM CDT
Gee, I hope they never come looking for my combat photos, or those of my brother, or my uncle, or my grandfathers...The dehumanization of the enemy, morbid humor and desire to record (or take mementos of) your experiences have been around since the beginning of warfare. In my humble opinion, these are likely survival mechanisms for the psyche of the combatants. Leave it alone.