US Marines and the Afghan National Army patrol Helmand Province in Afghanistan on November 19, 2009
The release of photos by the Los Angeles Times of soldiers posing with dead Afghan insurgents and their dismembered body parts comes on the heels of other disturbing incidents involving Americans in Afghanistan, including Marines urinating on Afghan corpses, inadvertent burning of Korans, and a shooting rampage that killed 17 villagers. After incidents like these, is there a building sense of outrage from Afghan residents? Or even in the U.S.?
"Where I think we will see the impact on the ground in Afghanistan, is that this will create political strain between the United States, the international community, and the Afghan government," Fishman said. "President Karzai [of Afghanistan] will fell like he will need to stand up for what is seen as disrespect to the Afghan people."
Brian Fishman studies counter terrorism at the New America Foundation, a think tank in Washington, D.C.