UK probes photos of British soldier with dead Taliban fighter

The images first appeared on Live Leak, a website sometimes used by servicemen to post photographs taken during tours of duty. (Photo courtesy: Live Leak)

Britain is investigating photographs that appear to show a serviceman in Afghanistan posing beside a dead Taliban fighter, its ministry of defense said Friday.

“Inappropriate actions will not be tolerated in the armed forces; the RAF [Royal Air Force] is treating this incident extremely seriously and has launched a military police investigation,” Agence France-Presse quoted a spokesperson for the defense ministry as saying.

The spokesperson added: “As this incident is subject to an ongoing investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The BBC reported that two members of the Royal Air Force Regiment - the ground-fighting force of the RAF - have been withdrawn from frontline duties while the incident is investigated.

The photographs appear to show at least one member of the RAF giving a thumbs-up sign as he kneels next to the body of a dead insurgent.

It is unclear if it is the same serviceman in both of the photographs.

Another picture from Live Leak

Another picture from Live Leak

 

The pictures were allegedly taken in the aftermath of a 2012 attack by the Taliban on Camp Bastion, the main British base in Afghanistan.

The images first appeared on Live Leak, a website sometimes used by servicemen to post photographs taken during tours of duty.

Two U.S. marines were killed and a number of British soldiers were injured in the September 2012 attack on Camp Bastion.

The Guardian described the incident as a “breach of the law of armed conflict,” but said “the military hopes it will be seen in context, a young man doing something foolish in the post-battle adrenaline rush.”

Another photograph shows a burned-out plane in a hangar. Six U.S. Harriet jets were destroyed in the attack.
 

(With AFP)

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