War & Peace
Rolling Stone Publishes Graphic, Unedited U.S. Army “Kill Team” War Crime Photos
Last week, we reported that the German newsweekly Der Spiegel published photos of American soldiers committing war crimes against Afghan civilians. The rogue soldiers, who formed a “kill team,” murdered innocent civilians for sport, posing for photos with some of their victims. Some “kill team” members also kept grisly souvenirs, such as fingers and skulls, from the men and boys they killed.
Last week, 22-year-old “kill team” member Cpl. Jeremy Morlock of Wasilla, Alaska was sentenced to 24 years in prison for “acts of unspeakable cruelty”– three counts of murder and one count each of conspiracy, illegal drug use, and obstructing justice.
While the Spiegel photos were shockingly graphic enough, the faces of the victims were scrambled and the most graphic images were not published by the magazine. Now, the American music magazine Rolling Stone has decided to publish additional, far more graphic photographs, along with un-edited versions of the ones seen in the German magazine.
Moral Low Ground has decided to publish some of these photos as well. We warn our readers; they’re an extremely graphic record of American troops committing horrific atrocities against innocent civilians.
Here, Cpl. Jeremy Morlock poses with the body of 15-year-old Gul Mudin, an innocent, unarmed Afghan boy who was murdered by Morlock and Pfc. Andrew Holmes in the village of La Mohammad Kalay. The US soldiers then staged the site of the killing to make it appear as if Mudin was an insurgent. Notice the missing pinky finger on Mudin’s right hand– Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs chopped it off with a pair of medical shears and presented it to Holmes as a souvenir from his first kill. (Photo: Rolling Stone)
This mangled mess is all that remains of an insurgent killed by a US helicopter gunship. “Kill team” members were dispatched to gather up the grisly remains with dignity for the deceased, but instead they photographed and desecrated the corpse. (Photo: Rolling Stone)
Two innocent farmers, killed by members of another platoon, bound together and left on the side of a highway. “Standard operating procedure after killing dudes was to drag them up to the side of the highway.” US troops made signs reading “TALIBAN ARE DEAD” and hung them around the dead farmers’ necks. (Photo: Rolling Stone)
It is unclear whether this man was a civilian or a combatant, but members of the “kill team” sometimes kept body parts of their victims, including at least one head, as trophies. (Photo: Rolling Stone)
The severed legs of an unidentified Afghan male. Such photos were passed around among members of Bravo Company, demonstrating a shocking disregard for Afghan life. (Photo: Rolling Stone)
What’s so sinister about this photo of Cpl. Morlock posing with an Afghan child? Nothing, until you consider the fact that some soldiers in his platoon discussed throwing candy out of a Stryker armored vehicle as they drove through a village and shooting the children who ran up to pick up the “treats.” (Photo: Rolling Stone)
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