The Army has launched an investigation after the Los Angeles Times uncovered photos of U.S. soldiers posing with the dismembered bodies of dead Afghan suicide bombers. The photos were given to the newspaper by a soldier from the same division as those depicted in the photos.
Before the release of the article on the Internet, the Pentagon released a statement, condemning the actions of the troops. The Pentagon said it will hold those involved accountable for their actions.
"Secretary Panetta strongly rejects the conduct depicted in these two-year old photographs," said a statement by George Little, a Pentagon spokesman. "These images by no means represent the values or professionalism of the vast majority of U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan today."
The Pentagon also condemned the Times for releasing the photos, despite requests not to do so.