| ||Several papers, among them the Guardian, Telegraph and Independent, cover the unearthing of 4000 photographs and videos by German magazine, Der Spiegel, portraying US soldiers posing alongside the dead bodies of Afghan civilians who they had killed. |
You can view some of the photos via the Spiegel online photo gallery but please be warned, they may cause distress.
The reports state that the US military had tried to suppress the photos, which are part of the evidence seized in a case against 12 US soldiers accused of crimes ranging from murder to hoarding body parts as trophies.
The Telegraph further reports that the soldiers “passed around trophy photographs as though they were trading cards.”
The Independent adds: “The case has drawn parallels with the Abu Ghraib scandal, in which US military police, CIA officers and private contractors abused, tortured and in one instance killed prisoners in their care. In both cases the perpetrators recorded their crimes on camera. The Abu Ghraib incident led to a furious public reaction in Iraq.”
Der Spiegel magazine is reported to have published a “tiny number” of the photographs “in order to document a war in which all sides had ‘lost sight’ of their original objectives.”
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