US soldiers posed with militant body parts in Afghanistan

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By Rishi
Date  18 April 2012
he emergence of a series of new photos showing American troops in Afghanistan smiling while they pose with the dead bodies of suspected militants have brought the Afghan war in focus.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday that an American soldier gave 18 photos of soldiers posing with corpses to the paper to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline that he believed compromised the safety of US troops.

The photos were taken on different occasions in the southern Zabul Province in 2010 and were submitted to The Times by a soldier from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division on condition of anonymity.

The US Army said it has launched a "criminal investigation." The US Embassy in Kabul condemned the photos in a statement.

"Such actions are morally repugnant, dishonor the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of US soldiers and civilians who have served with distinction in Afghanistan, and do not represent the core values of the United States or our military," the statement read.

A series of similar scandals by American troops have strained relations between the United States and Afghanistan.

A deadly shooting rampage by US troops in March is the latest incident that has led to a rise in anti-US sentiments among the Afghan public.

In February, the burning of copies of the holy Quran at a US base triggered riots that left 30 dead and led to the deaths of six Americans.

In January, a video showed four US Marines urinating on Afghan corpses.

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