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U.S. Troops Posed for Photos With Bodies of Deliberately Murdered Afghan Civilians

The US Army has apologized for a series of photos of soldiers posing with the bodies of dead Afghan civilians they had deliberately murdered. The photos, which were leaked and appear in the current issue of the German news magazine Der Spiegel, show members of a rogue Army “kill team” that killed innocent Afghan civilians for sport, sometimes keeping body parts as souvenirs.

The photos show two soldiers posing next to a corpse, with one of the soldiers smiling.

Col. Thomas Collins released a statement on behalf of the Army apologizing for the suffering the photos have caused to the Afghan people. The apology said that the soldiers’ conduct depicted in the photos is “repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States.”

Killing for sport. (Photo: Der Spiegel)

The “kill team” was the brainchild of US Army Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, who was deployed to a forward operating base in Kandahar province, Afghanistan after serving a tour in Iraq. Gibbs boasted about how easy it was to get away with “stuff” in Iraq, and convinced some of his fellow soldiers that they could do the same in Afghanistan. The “stuff” Gibbs had in mind was killing innocent Afghan civilians for sport. The “kill team” was born. The rogue soldiers went on a ghastly murder spree during the winter and spring  of 2010, blowing up innocent civilians with grenades or shooting them to death. The murders were elaborately staged to appear as if the innocent victims had been attacking the Americans. The killers collected body parts of their kills as trophies; Gibbs was fond of fingers, while Specialist Michael Wagnon cut off a victim’s head and kept his skull. The father of one of the soldiers charged in the killings warned the Army of their murderous plans but nothing was done to stop them.

“Kill team” member Cpl. Jeremy Morlock, age 22, confessed to the murders three months ago. He is scheduled to face a court-martial later this week. Eleven other soldiers are expected to go on trial soon.

The US and NATO, which have been waging a war against al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in Afghanistan since 2001, are worried about the potential for furious backlash against the photos. “The images have an enormous potential here in Afghanistan,” one NATO general told Der Spiegel. “Experience shows that it might take a couple of days, but then people’s anger will be vented.”

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has phoned her Afghan counterpart in an attempt to defuse the situation; US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon is also in touch with Afghan officials in Kabul. Vice President Joe Biden and General David Petraeus, commander of NATO’s war in Afghanistan, have spoke about the issue with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as well. But will the US apology and the involvement of the highest American officials be enough to avert deadly backlash against the sickening conduct of a few US troops?

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12 Comments

  1. YomayngsupMarch 23, 2011 at 11:51 amReply

    This is a disgrace to the US Army–first it was their stupidity in allowing an Islamic fundamentalist to serve, and now this. At least beheadings is not a part of the typical American culture or religions, but this is horrible.

  2. ViiiMarch 24, 2011 at 7:21 pmReply

    This surprises me not. Americans, you dont seem to understand, that your countrymen/country does this everywhere.

    Do you ever wonder why Osama bin Laden struk your buildings? It was because of deeds like these. Yes. That is it. Search and look for your self.

    But no. You lazy asses dont even bother to see how you kill for fun, for minimal reasons, always stickin to your guns. No, no, easiest way for you fat asses is to blame others, distract the attention, blame others.

    Its the fucn indians! Kill them! The same goes on. You puritans’ sons will not hesitate to punish the sinners, right? And there never can be anythin wrong with you? Mmmmm…

  3. GorrenMarch 28, 2011 at 8:41 pmReply

    Be thankful for those who are courageous enough to leak and report this garbage. I hope such depraved actions are coming to an end, but if so, not without resistance.

  4. katie ruizApril 8, 2011 at 11:09 amReply

    This is what america represents: Killers, drug addicts, invations, Thy should be proud of their disgrace.

  5. MartinOctober 28, 2011 at 3:22 pmReply

    Right, “at least we don’t behead people”…idiot. Our politicians are guilty of much worse things.

    United States have comitted war crimes in: Granada, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Laos, Lebanon,…and the list goes on and on and on…READ A LITTLE about what empires do in order to maintain their dominance YOU STUPID IGNORANT LITTLE SHI*

    • Brett WilkinsOctober 28, 2011 at 3:47 pmReplyAuthor

      The U.S. indeed has the blood of millions of innocent civilians on its hands through direct American military action against foreign nations, most of which did nothing to harm the United States. The U.S. is the world’s leading bully. China has exactly zero overseas military bases and hasn’t attacked anyone since 1979. Iran hasn’t attacked anyone since the 1730s. Cuba, as well, has done nothing to harm the United States. Yet these countries (and others) are demonized and subjected to either threats, proxy attacks or direct military action. Whoever doesn’t see that the U.S. (or at least its government, military and corporate interests they serve) is a bullying, imperial, war-loving nation needs to wake up and smell the burning corpses of the more than 100,000 innocent civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 10 years.

    • RobOctober 29, 2011 at 3:14 pmReply

      Read the article…. the one soldier did behead one of the victims and kept his head… now that is sick.

  6. Bald EagleNovember 1, 2011 at 12:04 pmReply

    Well, where to begin?

    A nation of drug addict, murdering, bullies? Hmmmm…If not for American intervention, most of the world today would be speaking German or under communist rule (that’s much better isn’t it?)

    Attrocities in war happen all the time. The difference between the U.S. and all the other fucking banana republics you guys come from is that we actually hold our guys responsible. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda chops heads off at the drop of a hat (no pun intended) and stone women to death for even the slightest allegation of wrong doing (who is more barbaric?).

    Osama bin Laden didn’t strike out of any sense of morality. He struck because he was a lunatic who wanted to re-establish a Caliphate in the middle east (probably envisioning himself as the Caliph) and the U.S. is standing in the way. H eknew full well we would come after him and his cronies with force. He hoped we would because he wanted Islam to be at war with the west. Well, now he’s just a bad memory.

    As for China, Iran, and other “demonized” supposedly innocent nations. Got news for you…not so innocent (remember Tienamen Square anyone?). Iran simply kills it’s own citizens of they speak out (that doesn’t happen in the U.S.).

    One last point for all of you ignorant turds…If the U.S. is so bad, why are people literlly dying to come here? -including Iraqis, Iranians, Cubans, Chinese, and any otehr nationality that you can think of? Here’s the answer…write this down…because it is the GREATEST NATION ON EARTH.

  7. BunkerBusterNovember 2, 2011 at 12:35 pmReply

    You retarded little bastards make me laugh. Let me take your assinine points one by one:

    1) “Do you ever wonder why Osama bin Laden struk your buildings?”

    No, we know why he did it – because he was a fucking savage who would kill his own mother by stoning if she tried to drive a car or dare walk out in public without a man from her family.

    2) “But no. You lazy asses dont even bother to see how you kill for fun, for minimal reasons, always stickin to your guns. No, no, easiest way for you fat asses is to blame others, distract the attention, blame others.”

    No, with the exception of a few nutjobs, we don’t kill for fun. We fight to defend our citizens and have shed our own blood too on foreign battlefields fighting for the rights of foreign nationals.
    Fat Asses? Sounds like somebody’s jealous. Come to the land of prosperity and get a good meal.

    3) “Its the fucn indians! Kill them! The same goes on. You puritans’ sons will not hesitate to punish the sinners, right? And there never can be anythin wrong with you? Mmmmm…”

    Let me ask you, what did the Moors do when they swept out of Africa across the Middle East and into Europe? Or, what did the Romans do when they conquered virtually all of the known world? Did they ask the indigenous people to kindly move away? Did they set aside reservations for those people to live on and self govern that they could later use to build multi-billion dollar casino empires? No! fucking moron. They slaughtered them outright. This is the nature of conquest since the beginning. BTW, there is plenty wrong with us, but we are still the best country on the planet as evidenced by the continuing flood of immigrants looking for a better life.

    4)”This is what america represents: Killers, drug addicts, invations, Thy should be proud of their disgrace.”

    Clearly, you have not been here. We are not all drug addicts or killers. We try to live our lives, raise our children, and prosper…that is until you fuck with us – then we come after you (God help you). As for the drugs, the raw materials are probably grown in the jungle in your backyard. Is drug use suddenly exclusive to America? I don’t think so. BTW, some of your leaders are all to happy to cash those aid checks we keep sending your way. In my opinion we should cut off all aid and worry about ourselves. Fuck you ungrateful backwards stone age knuckle draggers.

    5) “Right, “at least we don’t behead people”…idiot. Our politicians are guilty of much worse things.

    United States have comitted war crimes in: Granada, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Laos, Lebanon,…and the list goes on and on and on…READ A LITTLE about what empires do in order to maintain their dominance YOU STUPID IGNORANT LITTLE SHI*”

    Martin, put down the crack pipe and listen. I’m not sure what text books you’re reading but that shit is propaganda homeboy. There are always attrocities in war. It’s one of things that makes war horrible. The U.S. is now prosecuting soldiers who kill indiscriminately (what other nation does this?…butthole!). Tell you what…stand up to your own dictators, cleanse your countries of cartels, stop harboring terrorists that want to destroy the U.S., and stop suckling of America’s financial teat and then we can talk.

    6)”The U.S. indeed has the blood of millions of innocent civilians on its hands through direct American military action against foreign nations, most of which did nothing to harm the United States. The U.S. is the world’s leading bully. China has exactly zero overseas military bases and hasn’t attacked anyone since 1979. Iran hasn’t attacked anyone since the 1730s. Cuba, as well, has done nothing to harm the United States. Yet these countries (and others) are demonized and subjected to either threats, proxy attacks or direct military action. Whoever doesn’t see that the U.S. (or at least its government, military and corporate interests they serve) is a bullying, imperial, war-loving nation needs to wake up and smell the burning corpses of the more than 100,000 innocent civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 10 years.”

    China not attack anyone? How about it’s own people (ever hear of Tibet?) Iran innocent? What about them slaughtering their own people for speaking out against Ayatollah Assahola and Mahmoud Amanutjob? Cuba? Anyone recall that its leaders are card holding members of the Communist party. A philosophy that has as one of its basic tenets the destruction of capitalism? Why are so many Cubans boarding fucking rafts to try an cheat death to get into the U.S.? Answer that one imbecile! Afghanistan – 9/11 & the Taliban…enough said. Iraq – I kind of agree we should not have invaded. But not because I care about all teh fucking sand monkeys that got killed, but about all the money that was wasted and continues to be wasted rebuilding that hell hole.

  8. UncleSamsLeftNutNovember 3, 2011 at 5:45 amReply

    Fuck all of you America bashing animal butnuggets. Keep an eye on the skies. That buzzing you hear isn’t a bee, it’s a fucking Predator drone with a hellfire missle racked with your name on it!

  9. Tanstaafl2014November 7, 2011 at 3:53 pmReply

    Why is it that prolific posters find America as being totally bad? Others seems to think the USA is totally good. After having served in the US military in Vietnam, Bosnia & Iraq I find what I have always found since kindergarten…no matter how good things are there is always someone who will screw them up, and no matter how bad things have gotten there is always someone who will do something very good.

  10. eynbieJanuary 6, 2012 at 2:04 pmReply

    this is not cute. not at all…

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