Atrocities

New Photos from Army ‘Kill Team’

Rolling Stone has published new photographs and video of the alleged crimes of 12 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan accused of forming a “kill team” to murder Afghan civilians. The images feature several mutilated corpses, and the video shows two U.S. soldiers, believed to be members of the “kill team,” shooting two Afghans on a motorcycle. Rolling Stone says the Army tried to cover up the photos in its efforts to avoid an Abu Ghraib like scandal: They deleted files from the computers of more than a dozen soldiers and even went to soldiers’ families’ homes to confiscate copies of the files. Rolling Stone says, “The Army may also have been trying to keep secret evidence that the killings of civilians went beyond a few men in 3rd Platoon.”