By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 3:52 PM on 21st March 2011
- U.S. army forced to issue an apology over ‘trophy’ photos of soldiers grinning over bloodied Afghan corpses.
- Commanders in Afghanistan bracing themselves for public fury and possible riots
- German newspaper Der Spiegel, who obtained the photographs, said there are thousands more showing other victims
The U.S. Army has been forced to apologise over what they have deemed as ‘repugnant’ photographs of grinning American soldiers standing over bloodied and partially-naked Afghan bodies they had allegedly killed.
The pictures were published by German news organisation Der Spiegel and were among 4,000 they have obtained.
Meanwhile, commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for a public backlash and possible riots over the ‘trophy’ photographs, especially since it has been alleged that the Afghan civilians were unarmed and innocent.
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Senior officials at Nato’s International Security Assistance Force in Kabul have compared the pictures published by the German news weekly to the images of U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq which sparked waves of anti-U.S. protests around the world.