Photos of US soldiers posing with dead Afghan insurgents published Wednesday have sparked major controversy surrounding military discipline and behavior overseas.
The paratroopers of The 82nd Airborne Division posed for photos next to Afghan police, grinning while some held — and others squatted beside — the corpse's severed legs.
Two soldiers posed holding a dead man's hand with the middle finger raised. A soldier leaned over the bearded corpse while clutching the man's hand. Someone placed an unofficial platoon patch reading "Zombie Hunter" next to other remains and took a picture.
U.S. troop corpse photos of dead Afghans are making the rounds online and some think the LA Times shouldn't have published them. Others think it is a journalistic responsibility to do so, even if it puts more people at risk(Times publish the two photos )
The soldier who provided The Times with a series of 18 photos of soldiers posing with corpses did so on condition of anonymity
The Army launched a criminal investigation after the Los Angeles Times showed officials copies of the photos, which recently were given to the paper by a soldier from the division.