- Pentagon apologizes for distress that pictures may cause, but not for the murders
Today Der Spiegel (http://www.spiegel.de ) has published three photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan posing with the bodies of the innocent civilians they had just killed.
In a statement the U.S. military said that the actions seen in the images are “repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States.” The soldiers depicted in the photos are from a group that will soon be court-martialled, accused of several murders.
NATO braces for the expected the protests and violent reactions against its soldiers that the publication of those pictures will trigger in Afghanistan. It is also believed that this new incident will have a negative impact in the already strained U.S.-Afghan relations, precisely over the killing of civilians by U.S. troops.