LA Times Publishes Photos of Soldiers Posing With Remains of Suicide Bombers

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

Obviously posing with the blown-up remains of a suicide bombers is worse than the actual suicide bombing.

The paratroopers had their assignment: Check out reports that Afghan police had recovered the mangled remains of an insurgent suicide bomber. Try to get iris scans and fingerprints for identification.

The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at the police station in Afghanistan’s Zabol province in February 2010. They inspected the body parts. Then the mission turned macabre: The paratroopers posed for photos next to Afghan police, grinning while some held — and others squatted beside — the corpse’s severed legs.

A few months later, the same platoon was dispatched to investigate the remains of three insurgents who Afghan police said had accidentally blown themselves up. After obtaining a few fingerprints, they posed next to the remains, again grinning and mugging for photographs.

Two soldiers posed holding a dead man’s hand with the middle finger raised. A soldier leaned over the bearded corpse while clutching the man’s hand. Someone placed an unofficial platoon patch reading “Zombie Hunter” next to other remains and took a picture.

I guess the Times will enjoy the outrageously outrageous outrage sure to follow by more suicide bombers. The blood is on their hands, but they simply don’t care.

The soldiers felt a sense of triumph and satisfaction, especially after learning that the insurgents had been killed by their own explosives, he said.

“They were frustrated, just pissed off — their buddies had been blown up by IEDs” — improvised explosive devices — the soldier said. “So they sort of just celebrated.”

Next time they should wear hoodies. Then they’ll be celebrated.

Leon Panetta isn’t exactly thrilled.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is currently in Brussels for NATO talks on Afghanistan, “strongly rejects” the conduct of the soldiers in the pictures, but is disappointed that the LA Times decided to publish them, his spokesman said via Twitter.

The US ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker also strongly condemned the soldiers’ actions.

“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,” he said in a statement.

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19 Responses to “LA Times Publishes Photos of Soldiers Posing With Remains of Suicide Bombers”

  1. Blue Hen on 18/18/12 at 8:42 am

    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

    But when the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States of America does multiple victory laps after the SEALs got Bin Laden, that’s okey fine.

  2. Mark formerly in Spokane,now in Sandy Ut on 18/18/12 at 10:37 am

    Yea, we are at war with them. We would not want to hurt their feelings. If this is a problem then the world is insane.

  3. cali on 18/18/12 at 10:39 am

    @Blue Hen:

    I would like to add to your comment the following:

    After exposing and, identifying our Seals, 31 of them mysteriously all died following a set-up ambush, shooting down their Chinook Chopper.
    Not surprising, since we have muslim placed into the highest position such as NSA and, DOD.
    The judge is still out on why the Taliban was there at the right time and, the right exact place during the night, when the chopper took off.
    Also, the reporters licking their chops by exposing our troops once again, causing riots and, assassination of our troops. These sorry and, pathetic creatures don’t have family members in the military, or they would not be doing that.

  4. Don on 18/18/12 at 10:48 am

    Just piss when the camera isn’t pointed at you.

    Can you imagine how jaded you would get, being tasked with searching through piles of body parts to look for fingertips and eyeballs that can be scanned? The fact that they are terrorist scum who kill your friends and are financially rewarded for their efforts, would quickly distill “jaded” into “contempt”.

    If you’ve never seen a blown up dead terrorists, so close that you can smell their sweaty ass, it is impossible to describe. The difference between reality and a movie are about a stark as a black and white silent-era film and a 3D IMAX screen.

  5. Tlaloc on 18/18/12 at 11:37 am

    “The blood is on their hands, but they simply don’t care.”

    Because they forced the soldiers to pose with the bodies? Or because they reported the truth- that some soldiers had, against orders, desecrated the bodies of enemies?

    You know I actually can’t find anyway this is the times fault. A crime is the fault of the criminal and not the person who catches or reports him.

  6. Blue Hen on 18/18/12 at 2:19 pm

    A crime is the fault of the criminal and not the person who catches or reports him.

    And if the LA Times was sitting on stuff that wouldn’t be flattering to the dear leader would that matter? It matters to me.

    Pretending that the LA Times is some professional, dispassionate journalistic source won’t wash. That ship sailed long ago.

    And I noticed you decided to just ignore the fact that obama and biden have been bragging about ‘getting bin laden’ and no one at the LA Times is condemning that. But it’s okay to drop a ton of bricks when the peasants do it. Many commands now don’t allow any smoking. You think that our current CinC is depriving himself?

  7. Terrye on 18/18/12 at 2:58 pm

    I knew an old man who said that in WW2, they used to pull the gold teeth from the mouths of dead Japanese. I doubt that anyone made a federal issue of it. It is not a good thing, but war is ugly and sometimes people behave in ways that would seem crass to the rest of us…no doubt the Times will have a lot of fun with this.

  8. Blue Hen on 18/18/12 at 3:53 pm

    I recall hearing that buring a koran in Florida would imperil the lives of our troops in harms way. This? Not so much. Either that, or they simply didn’t care then or now.

  9. Ace on 18/18/12 at 4:30 pm

    Rediclious! Just a little tip of the iceberg of what the US are up to and is presented to the public.
    As an european I can just hope for the US that they raise education for all so that people use their minds and reconcider whatever happens in the world, especially through their precious country.
    In case you think that US are welcome all over the world…you are f*cking wrong. Europe is NOT a friend and neither are Russia, Africa, South America, Australia or Asia….expect from Australia you have wasted all sympathy that you think you have.
    If it was for me the world could drop the bomb on the US and we could all live in peace.

  10. Ace on 18/18/12 at 4:33 pm

    Comparing this with WW2 shows that none of you have learned! Funny that even the germans learned but the US still think we are 80 years behind. Wake up, use your brains and learn!

  11. Rob Crawford on 18/18/12 at 4:35 pm

    ” A crime is the fault of the criminal and not the person who catches or reports him.”

    What crime?

    Bad taste? Abuse of dead livestock?

    Based on history, if they had dragged the remains through the street, torched them, then slung them from a nearby bridge, the left would be celebrating.

  12. Rob Crawford on 18/18/12 at 4:36 pm

    “If it was for me the world could drop the bomb on the US and we could all live in peace.”

    And another Euro dreams of genocide…

  13. Rob Crawford on 18/18/12 at 4:38 pm

    Oh, for the inevitable “it’s a war crime” — the Taliban long, long ago committed multiple acts that removed them and all their members from the protections of the Geneva Accords. We could gather their corpses and feed them into industrial blenders on live TV and it would be perfectly legal.

  14. Ace on 18/18/12 at 4:57 pm

    @Rob Crawford
    I´d like to send out first that I´m always surprised that blogs, forums and sites like these mostly only have US citizens argueing, not knowing what the rest of the world (and that is mainly the majority) think. All the arguing people talk about is the US…the world is far much bigger than that..and sympathy has grown a lot since vietnam.

    Back to the point: it´s not a european dream of genocide, I was going over the top to see if there was any feedback.
    Europeans have always been interested in talks. Like in iraq, afghanistan, north korea, you name it, we want to talk first.
    The US over-react 95%. And then they force other countries to back them up. Time changes and backup is disappearing slowly but it is.
    Europeans have always used their brains first before taking action. Someone mentioned WW2 earlier…remember that even they had submarines at the NY coastline…and they are just a little country.
    Vietnam…lost, afghanistan…lost…when will they wake up? After north korea or iran? C´mon, get real….
    You all have the chance to wake up NOW!
    I don´t blame anyone that is proud of his/her country but reconcider why you are proud and what it did for you? There is no sense in being proud of someone only asking things from you. That would be imbalanced…so ask yourself, what did your country do for you?
    Did you get good education, health service, safety a job?
    If so, be proud of your country and be honoured defending it(not attacking others for economic goals). BUT! If it is not so, what are you proud about? Ancient thoughts, achievements?
    I really hope that high school in the US will be free of paying so that the US people are no longer help stupid and made puppetts on strings to serve a country that only follows economic goals.

  15. Ace on 18/18/12 at 5:15 pm

    Geneva Accords seem not to have been translated into english if anyone looks at US actions.

  16. iron308 on 18/18/12 at 8:37 pm

    More faux outrage over nothing.

    And Ace, who cares what the rest of the world or especially a European thinks. Your talk and willingness to compromise with evil is just a mask for your impotence in world affairs.

  17. Rob Crawford on 18/18/12 at 9:54 pm

    Ace — the US has stuck more closely to the Geneva Conventions than have been required by the Geneva Conventions themselves.

    And, really, I don’t give a rip if Europe prefers to “talk” to slavers and murderers. Knock yourselves out with all that “talk”.

    Just don’t come crying to us (again) when the chains are around your necks.

  18. Blue Hen on 18/18/12 at 11:50 pm

    Ace: We should drop bombs on the US

    Ace II: That’s European humor ( wait one…humour)

    Ace III: The US overreact and force other nations….Like how Italy, France and Britain wanted to knock off Kadaifi? That bit?

    Yup. We Americans have problems. Unlike those suave, peaceful fiscally savvy Europeans.

    Uh huh.

  19. Frosty on 19/19/12 at 7:34 pm

    I’m sick of all this wowseristic do-gooder political correctness crap by Army high ups and mincing woosy politicians.
    This don’t disrespect the koran caper, is a crock of bullshit.
    We know there aint any gods. All religion is medieval claptrap. So why is there all this shock horror bullshit about a few photos of dead fundamentalist maniacs and the burning of some dopey godgobbers books.
    All this don’t hurt a godgobbers feelings is bizarre.
    All gods muck stuff is fodder for comedy.
    Except that, unfortunately, in amongst it, is millions of dead innocent people, because of the stupid fighting over these non existent gods. Plus the untold misery of sexual abuse of kids all over the world by devotees of gods muck.
    The USA continue to blow up women, kids and other assorted innocent victims but apparently the soldiers are not allowed to hurt the enemies feelings with a few comical antics.
    Crikey,.,they didn’t eat the bombers remains or stick the heads up on street poles.
    Do me a favour. Get rid of this sanctimonious garbage.
    The only outrage is the outrage over the outrage. snerk snerk!

    PS,.,Can someone give me a link to some unedited versions of these “shocking” photos. So I can have a bloody good larf!
    I can only find useless pixelated ones.