US Troops Posed With Suicide Bombers' Remains

Soldier gives 18 images to 'Los Angeles Times'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2012 7:46 AM CDT
Updated Apr 18, 2012 7:53 AM CDT
US Troops Posed With Suicide Bombers' Remains
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.

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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. (Read more corpses stories.)

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