This week, 2-year-old photographs of US troops in Afghanistan posing with the limbs of dead insurgents came to light. But while NATO’s top general claims that it’s an “isolated incident”, it’s just one of a string of situations that have shown American soldiers in a brutal light.
US troops urinating on dead bodies of Taliban combatants. In January 2012, a video came to light of four US marines from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines joking as they desecrated the bodies of what may be insurgents or local labourers.
Burning of Korans. At an American run-military base, which triggered off a week of riots. In February 2012, at Bagram airbase, copies of the Koran were reportedly “accidentally” burned.” US officials said that the books had been sent with a pile of rubbish to the incinerator before being identified by workers. The burning caused weeks of fatal riots.
Army sergeant in deadly shooting rampage outside Kahdahar. Most tragically of all, an Army staff sergeant, Robert Bales entered three houses and shot dead 16 innocent civilians, including women and nine children.
Troops posing with dead bodies. Last year, in March 2011, soldiers Jeremy Morlock and Andrew Holmes were photographed also posing with the dead bodies of Afghans.
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