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White House Condemns Photos Of Military, Corpses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The White House says the conduct depicted in photos that purport to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan is "reprehensible."

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the conduct does not represent the standards of the U.S. military. Carney says the president believes the situation needs to be investigated and those responsible should be held accountable.

The photos were published in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times. The newspaper says the photos shows members of the 82nd Airborne Division posing in 2010 with Afghan police and the severed legs of a suicide bomber.

Carney says he doesn't know if the president has seen the photos.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is condemning published photos that purport to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of Afghan militants.

He says he hopes it is an isolated case, and he promised a thorough investigation. The pictures published Wednesday in the Los Angeles Times follow similar instances of misconduct this year.

Rasmussen told reporters at NATO headquarters that the pictures "don't in any way represent the principles and values that are the basis for our mission in Afghanistan."

He says he hopes there will be no spillover of blame onto other NATO troops.

The United States has the largest number of forces under the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan.


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