Friday, April 10, 2015

The GI Hero

An American soldier has pleaded guilty to being part of a "kill team" who deliberately murdered Afghan civilians for sport last year.

Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock told a military court he had helped to kill three unarmed Afghans. "The plan was to kill people, sir," he told an army judge. Morlock detailed how he and other members of his Stryker brigade set up and faked combat situations so that they could kill civilians who posed no threat to them. He described how elaborate plans were made to pick out civilian targets, kill them and then make their deaths look like they were insurgents. Four other soldiers are still to come to trial over the incidents. Some soldiers apparently kept body parts of their victims, including a skull, as souvenirs.

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