The Madeleine Brand Show for April 18, 2012

New photos show soldiers with dead Afghans

The Los Angeles Times website

A screenshot of the Los Angeles Times' homepage this morning. The Times published two controversially graphic photos of U.S. soldiers posing with Afghan corpses, against the U.S. military's wishes.

The Los Angeles Times published photos of soldiers posing with dead Afghan insurgents and blown up body parts. The solider behind the photos wanted to call attention to a breakdown in leadership and discipline.

The photos were taken two years ago with soldiers from the 82nd Airborne's 4th Brigade Combat Team, based from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Only two of the 16 photos provided were published by the L.A. Times.

This year, a series of scandals involving American troops in Afghanistan have plagued the military. In January, the U.S. Marines appeared in a video urinating on Afghan corpses. In February, troops inadvertently burned Korans. And in March, an Army sergeant went on a shooting rampage, killing 17 villagers.


David Zucchino wrote the story for the LA Times, and has reported on Afghanistan for more than 10 years.

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