WORLD - The U.S. military apologized for the "repulsive acts" committed by several soldiers ... Read Article
The shots were a bomb. On Monday, the German weekly Der Spiegel has finally decided to publish three photographs showing U.S. soldiers posing next to the corpse of a civilian they are accused of running.
Warning: Although the victim's face is blurred, these images may offend
One of the photographs shows an American soldier of 23 years, Jeremy Morlock, smiling beside the corpse of a man he holds the head by the hair to show it to the goal. In another photo, Private 1st Class Andrew Holmes, 20, was kneeling on the same corpse, and he also holds the dead man's head by the hair.
The U.S. military has apologized for "the suffering that may cause such photos" and denounced the behavior "disgusting" they reveal.
Investigation for murder
Morlock and Holmes are among five American soldiers who appear before a court martial at the base of Lewis McChord, near Tacoma, Washington. Those unit members who had called the "kill team" are accused of murdering a total of three Afghan villagers.
They would have slaughtered then allegedly attempted to make a scene to make it appear that they acted in self defense to protect themselves from an attack on Taliban. According to The Guardian, they would cut off a finger of a victim as a "trophy". According to his lawyers, Morlock agreed to plead guilty and testify against his co-defendants. They face the death penalty.
According to government sources, American diplomacy has tried everything to prevent publication of photos. NATO officials consider that the scandal could be as serious as the prison of Abu Ghraib.