April 18th, 2012
09:22 AM ET

U.S. troops pose with suspected Afghan bombers' bodies

The Los Angeles Times published photos Wednesday of U.S. soldiers posing with what the newspaper said were bodies of insurgents - sparking outrage and condemnation from U.S. military officials.

Two photos published by the paper are among 18 provided by a U.S. soldier, who wanted "to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline," The Times reported.

The military said an investigation is under way.

The photos, from incidents in 2010, represent "a serious error in judgment by several soldiers who have acted out of ignorance and unfamiliarity with U.S. Army values," NATO'S International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. Gen. John Allen, the ISAF commander, condemned the photos, as did U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.


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  1. Philip

    @sowhat. South-Central LA.. Been there. Done that. Annnnnnd get a clue.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. michael

    @ Mr. Phillip. Not only well said but an excellent presentation of what Afghanistan is about. I beg to differ ar to the why Russia was in country. Afghanistan had a Communist government that was on the verge of being ouerthrown an could not gain control over and by as is usual in that area one or another rival faction raising a ruckus and asked. Invited, for Russias military help. When the Communist ,Local grown that had participated in ridding country of a very corrupt king who went to Italy and Greece to retire with his buds US and Brits even then began to back in country groups. Cant have any commies. Russia had another reason also as those later called Northerm Front were carrying on cross border raids into Russia as an ethnic based canse and even back then were recieving US/Brit aid. They had even attacked a Nuclear facility. Many lies and many deaths hide behind The Flag Waving and Humanitarian Banners .

    April 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Afghani FREE PRESS

    @michael. Thank you for that correction. The Taliban did not come into play as early as my post made it seem. Exsqueeze me.
    Your recollections are exceedingly accurate and informative. These events took place decades ago, even before Usama Bin Laden's picture appeared on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list in 1998. How do we remember these things? he he. It's not like we use Ritilin to focus or anything. Nice seeing you here michael. And will be lurking for your s/n henceforth. 🙂

    April 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Afghani FREE PRESS/Philip

    Sometimes I forget to change my username back. Again, thanx michael. 🙂

    April 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ michael

    Right on. Most fellow bloggers tend to ignore what @Philip has to say. But his insight reg most issues makes one think hard.
    Keep it up.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @saywhat. Which 'That'? There's a lot of them, and usually. he he Anyway, I've been conversing with you here for about a year, and have on ocassion inquired of your person. Recall? I even lowered my bid to asking what color your hair was, or if you had freckles. And today, you (couldda been a s/n hijacker) say yer a girl, and banasy seconded that notion. Well?

    April 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Havimg trouble posting. :)@saywhat. I mistook one of banasy's replies to @saywhat as yours. Oopsy.
    "The Afghan Disaster of Our Own Making"-by saywhat.
    notice how out of place the 'saywhat' appears. It should be more like Noam or Abraham. You tell us very little of yourself ya know. For a year. No biggie. (dying to know) Really. We understand. (dang I wish he'd say something about himself) Saywhat's all we need to know?

    April 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tyrannosaurus Rex

    If you're happy, and you know it, clap your....oh.

    April 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    I still say that the "exit strategy" our leaders pretended not to make was this: Replace taxpayer funded troops with corporate profit funded security forces.
    If all the world's mighty militaristic nations were to privatize their armies, who knows? We might not even see a One World Government for another decade or so.

    April 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    @ Tyrannosaurus Rex 😉 smarty

    April 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Hello, Mary. Wonder where everyone went? And T-Rex was only an opprotunistic predator. It mostly scavenged for a living. We can tell by the size of it's brain, and how much was dedicated to the sense of smell rather than eyesight. Plus T Rex has these cute little dewclaws. Kinda prehistoric representation of modern-day pawn brokers and junk dealers. Maybe even a few bankers. he he

    April 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. michael

    To CNN MONITORS@ Why are my comments not being posted. I have not posted any historicly innacurate, and as far as I have been able to ascertain never were Classified as Secret, even under the Bush censorship of Previous Public Domain and FOIA Classifications?

    April 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
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