(Image source: Los Angeles Times)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE

 

New photos of American soldiers -- posing with the body parts of suicide bombers is creating outrage. The Los Angeles Times published the photographs Wednesday over the objections from the Pentagon.

 

The Times says, the photos came from an American soldier who says he wants to draw attention to a quote, “safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline.”

 

The BBC explains the unit’s assigned responsibility — saying the soldiers were …

 

“ … asked to go and take identification details … (FLASH) the soldiers ended up involved in what appear to be sort of trophy photographs.”

 

The Washington Post reports on the editorial decision by the Los Angeles Times to publish photos from 2010 in a time when U.S.-Afghan relations are already tense.

 

“The U.S. military asked the newspaper not to publish the photographs. But [the Los Angeles Times’] editor … said he decided to use ‘a small but representative selection of the photos’ in order to fulfill the paper’s mission of informing readers about important aspects of the American military effort in Afghanistan.”

 

CNN’s Barbara Starr points out what she calls an “interesting element” in the photo.

 

“So many times this involves U.S. troops, but by all accounts, you see Afghans in that photo … (FLASH) It may be that we see a situation here where both U.S. and Afghan forces were involved in this.”

 

The U.S. military and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have publicly condemned the soldiers’ actions.  A correspondent for NBC explains.

 

“ … the concern here, of course, is that these photos could incite some sort of retaliatory strikes against Americans there in Afghanistan. In the past, they’ve proved more embarrassing than inciteful.”

 

The Wall Street Journal reports American authorities are investigating the origin of the pictures.

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Apr 18, 2012

U.S. Troops Pictured Posing With Afghan Suicide Bombers

(Image source: Los Angeles Times)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE

 

New photos of American soldiers -- posing with the body parts of suicide bombers is creating outrage. The Los Angeles Times published the photographs Wednesday over the objections from the Pentagon.

 

The Times says, the photos came from an American soldier who says he wants to draw attention to a quote, “safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline.”

 

The BBC explains the unit’s assigned responsibility — saying the soldiers were …

 

“ … asked to go and take identification details … (FLASH) the soldiers ended up involved in what appear to be sort of trophy photographs.”

 

The Washington Post reports on the editorial decision by the Los Angeles Times to publish photos from 2010 in a time when U.S.-Afghan relations are already tense.

 

“The U.S. military asked the newspaper not to publish the photographs. But [the Los Angeles Times’] editor … said he decided to use ‘a small but representative selection of the photos’ in order to fulfill the paper’s mission of informing readers about important aspects of the American military effort in Afghanistan.”

 

CNN’s Barbara Starr points out what she calls an “interesting element” in the photo.

 

“So many times this involves U.S. troops, but by all accounts, you see Afghans in that photo … (FLASH) It may be that we see a situation here where both U.S. and Afghan forces were involved in this.”

 

The U.S. military and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have publicly condemned the soldiers’ actions.  A correspondent for NBC explains.

 

“ … the concern here, of course, is that these photos could incite some sort of retaliatory strikes against Americans there in Afghanistan. In the past, they’ve proved more embarrassing than inciteful.”

 

The Wall Street Journal reports American authorities are investigating the origin of the pictures.

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