Monday, 21 March 2011

US Kill Team Photos - Guardian Analysis of Der Spiegel Article

The lengthy Spiegel article that accompanies the photographs contains new details about the sadistic behaviour of the men.  (PHOTOS HERE.)
In one incident in May last year, the article says, during a patrol, the team apprehended a mullah who was standing by the road and took him into a ditch where they made him kneel down.

The group's leader, Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, then allegedly threw a grenade at the man while an order was given for him to be shot.
Afterwards, Gibbs is described cutting off one of the man's little fingers and removing a tooth.
he patrol team later claimed to their superiors that the mullah had tried to threaten them with a grenade and that they had no choice but to shoot.
On Sunday night many organisations employing foreign staff, including the United Nations, ordered their staff into a "lockdown", banning all movements around Kabul and requiring people to remain in their compounds.
In addition to the threat from the publication of the photographs, security has been heightened amid fears the Taliban may try to attack Persian new year celebrations.
There could also be attacks because Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, is due to make a speech declaring which areas of the country should be transferred from international to Afghan control in the coming months.
One security manager for the US company DynCorp sent an email to clients warning that publication of the photos was likely "to incite the local population" as the "severity of the incidents to be revealed are graphic and extreme".



  1. Hello,

    It makes me sick to just see these few photos. What these soldier committed was an abomination to society. They embarrass me to say I’m an American patriot.

    I have a video I think you might be interested in posting on your website along with those photos: . The video looks at multiple perspectives on the atrocity from various news outlets.

    I hope you can find some use for the video on your website. Let me know if you have any questions.

  2. Thanks, Joseph. The clip is up.