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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

U.S. 'Kill team' in Afghanistan Posed for Trophy Photos with Murdered Civilians - German Newspaper Has 4,000 More WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS INCLUDED

Courts-martial: U.S. Army photos of Jeremy Morlock and Andrew Holmes who have been accused of murdering innocent Afghan civilians_________________________________________________________________________

'Repugnant': U.S. army apologizes for graphic photos of soldiers with civilian corpses as violence is feared in Afghanistan

By Daily Mail Reporter

21st March 2011


  • U.S. army forced to issue an apology over 'trophy' photos of soldiers grinning over bloodied Afghan corpses.
  • Commanders in Afghanistan bracing themselves for public fury and possible riots
  • German newspaper Der Spiegel, who obtained the photographs, said there are thousands more showing other victims
The U.S. Army has been forced to apologise over what they have deemed as 'repugnant' photographs of grinning American soldiers standing over bloodied and partially-naked Afghan bodies they had allegedly killed.
The pictures were published by German news organisation Der Spiegel and were among 4,000 they have obtained.
Meanwhile, commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for a public backlash and possible riots over the 'trophy' photographs, especially since it has been alleged that the Afghan civilians were unarmed and innocent.
Senior officials at Nato's International Security Assistance Force in Kabul have compared the pictures published by the German news weekly to the images of U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq which sparked waves of anti-U.S. protests around the world.
It is feared that these pictures - which show the aftermath of the murders at the hands of a rogue U.S. Stryker 'kill team' - could be even more damaging as the trials of the 12 accused men are currently under way in Seattle.
On Sunday night, many organisations employing foreign staff - including the United Nations - ordered their staff into a 'lockdown', banning all movements around Kabul and requiring people to remain in their compounds.
Army officials attempted to keep the photographs under wraps as part of the war crimes probe fearing it could inflame feelings at a time when anti-Americanism in Afghanistan is already running high.
In their statement, the U.S. army said the photographs depicted 'actions repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States Army.

'The actions portrayed in these photographs remain under investigation and are now the subject of ongoing U.S. court-martial proceedings, in which the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.'
Der Spiegel magazine says it has identified one of the soldiers in the photographs as Cpl Jeremy Morlock of Alaska.
He is one of five soldiers accused of the premeditated murder of three Afghan civilians earlier this year.
Morlock agreed to plead guilty in late February and get a shorter prison term if he testified against the other accused soldiers.
Four other soldiers based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been charged with murder and conspiracy in the case - they deny the charges.
Seven others have been charged with conspiracy to cover up the alleged murders.
Other charges include the mutilation of corpses, the possession of images of human casualties and drug abuse.
In one of the photos, Morlock is seen grinning as he lifts up the head of a corpse by the hair, turning it towards the camera.

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  1. Taken at face value, these photos are repugnant and incriminating. But I will wait for a full investigation. How were the photos obtained? Proper chain of evidence observed? Has there been any photo-shopping or alteration of the photos? Any reasonable explanation for these photos? 4,000 photos? How and why were so many taken?

    I will await the results of the military trials.

    If they are proven guilty, then they should be punished in accordance with military justice.

    Jimmy Oldsun

  2. Shame on you Jimmy Oldsun...The story states "Morlock agreed to plead guilty in late February." He did not act alone. Why plead out if the photos are fake? Have you been snorting kryptonite? Did you READ the story?


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