US apologises again for ‘ kill team’
THE US military has apologised again after Rolling Stone published more photos and videos of members of an alleged rogue army unit ‘‘ kill team’’ accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport.
A week after one soldier was jailed after striking a plea bargain to testify against the alleged ringleader, the magazine published a series of graphic images and a story including extensive detail of the allegations.
The Rolling Stone pictures, under the headline ‘‘ the Kill Team,’’ included unblurred versions of photos published by Der Spiegel showing soldiers posing with the bloodied body of an Afghan youth, holding the head up to the camera. Battling to avoid a repetition of the Abu Ghraib scandal triggered by release of pictures of US soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, the Pentagon apologised after Der Spiegel’s publication.