US Soldiers Charged With Murdering and Mutilating Afghan Civilians

In documents released by the US Army, five US soldiers from the Army's Fifth Stryker brigade killed three male Afghan civilians with grenades and guns. In addition to the murders, the soldiers allegedly took pieces of the civilians' bodies - teeth, finger bones, leg bones and a skull as gruesome trophies. Since Muslims believe bodies should be buried intact, this is an affront to the victims' religion, as well as to their corpses. The twelve soldiers also face a variety of other charges, including stabbing a corpse, photographing the corpses, shooting Afghan civilians, and beating a junior soldier to keep him from reporting them, and lying to their fellow soldiers.
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