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.
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In an embarrassment to the Pentagon, newly published photographs purport to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan.
Top U.S. military and civilian officials rushed to condemn the soldiers' actions Wednesday, calling them repugnant and a dishonor to the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of Americans who have served in the war there.
The photos were published by the Los Angeles Times, which said one shows members of the 82nd Airborne Division posing in 2010 with Afghan police and the severed legs of a suicide bomber.
The newspaper says the same platoon a few months later went to investigate the remains of three insurgents reported to have accidentally blown themselves up -- and that soldiers again posed and mugged for photographs with the remains.
In February, a video surfaced of four Marines based at Camp Lejeune who appeared to be urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan. The Marines in the video, as well as the person recording the video were identified as members of a sniper squad from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines.