March 22, 2011

"Kill team" photos online now; damage control already under way

[Ed Note: FOB Tacoma has been following this story for months.]

From FOB Tacoma Posted By Matt M -
The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel published three disquieting photos of Afghan corpses on its website today, two of which show soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord posing with a bloodied dead body.

The photos are published here. They were altered at some point to obscure the heads of the Afghan men. Still, they are disturbing to view.

The photos were released the same week that one of the pictured soldiers, Spc. Jeremy Morlock, is scheduled to go to a court martial at Lewis-McChord on charges including premeditated murder of noncombatants while deployed with his Stryker Brigade in Afghanistan early last year. He apparently has struck a plea deal. The News Tribune will cover the proceedings.

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