Der Spiegel | US Army apologize for the distress these photos cause

"Today Der Spiegel published photographs depicting actions repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States Army," the army said in a statement released by Col. Thomas Collins (03/22/2011). "We apologize for the distress these photos cause."

Germany's leading news weekly, Der Spiegel, reported the alleged killing of Afghan civilians by U.S. soldiers.  Der Spiegel revealed last Monday edition photographs of U.S. soldiers posing on the body of a civilian. In fact, one U.S. soldier smiles as he squatted beside the corpses of civilians.(Buy Der Spiegel here)

Der Spiegel reported that U.S. soldiers pretended to have been attacked in a village near Kandahar City, Afghanistan, Jan. years ago. By reason of self-defense, U.S. troops are killing civilians. Der Spiegel also expose cruelty of U.S. troops that killed two other Afghan civilians in February and May last year. This incident became the greatest shame and scandal for the U.S. military since the incidents of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, occurred. 

United States or the Pentagon's Defense Ministry said the two dozen soldiers involved this scandal will be brought to court-martial. The U.S. also will investigate allegations of abuses by soldiers, including inhumane treatment of the body. Soldiers who violate will be held accountable.

Der Spiegel has other photos from the case -- some of which are more graphic -- though spokesman Hans-Ulrich Stoldt said he doesn't know how many. The magazine printed a few in order to illustrate the story, Stoldt said.(See More Photos for "The Kill Team" here)

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