U.S. soldiers posing with Afghan body parts strongly condemned
Photographs of United States soldiers posing with the body parts of Afghan insurgent bombers were strongly condemned by U.S. defense officials on Wednesday.
The unleash of the photos taken from 2010 come at a time where cooperation between United States officials and Afghanistan is ever so needed for allied involvement following the 2014 transfer of security duties to Afghans.
A criminal investigation was launched by the Army after an anonymous soldier supplied the Los Angeles Times with 18 disturbing photos of soldiers posing beside the corps. Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division had been inspecting the body parts at a police station in Afghanistan in February of 2010 before before posing with the dead bodies.
The soldier who provided the photos labeled the moment as a point of lost leadership and discipline that put the troops in harm, The Times reported. The same platoon was found posing for more photographs with Afghan insurgents three months later.
“This behavior and these images are entirely inconsistent with the values of ISAF and all service members of the 50 ISAF countries serving in Afghanistan,” General John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan said.
The Pentagon press secretary, George Little condemned the Los Angeles Times for publishing the photos, The Wall Street Journal reported. While he found the soldiers actions to be inhuman, he said the Pentagon had urged The Times to not print the photos.
“The danger is that this material could be used by the enemy to incite violence against U.S. and Afghan service members in Afghanistan,” Little said.