Kabul Embassy Fires 8 Guards Over Nude Parties

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2009 10:34 AM CDT
A photo from one of the parties by embassy guards.   (Project on Government Oversight)

(Newser) – The US Embassy in Afghanistan says it has fired eight security guards following allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct at their living quarters. The management team of the private contractor that provides the guards is also "being replaced immediately," officials at the Kabul embassy said today. The eight fired guards immediately left the country.

Two other guards resigned and also left. All of them appeared in photographs that depicted guards and supervisors in various stages of nudity at parties flowing with alcohol. The scandal surfaced this week when an independent watchdog group, the Project on Government Oversight, said guards were subjected to abuse and hazing by supervisors.