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Mar292011

More Gruesome Details Emerge on US Army 'Kill Team' in Afghanistan

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- An article in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine sheds more light on a so-called U.S. Army "kill team" that allegedly murdered Afghan civilians for sport.

Last week, Spc. Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty in a military court in Washington state to his role in the slayings and will testify against four other soldiers, including accused ringleader Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, in exchange for a lighter sentence.

Graphic photos of the soldiers and their dead Afghan victims that already appeared in Germany's Der Spiegel are also featured in the Rolling Stone story written by Mark Boal, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for the Iraq war movie The Hurt Locker.

At one point, Boal describes how the soldiers in the "kill team" used a pinky chopped off the hand of a dead 15-year-old to place a bet during a card game.

Worried that the incident could turn into another Abu Ghraib -- the now-closed Baghdad prison where U.S. guards were shown in photos abusing prisoners -- Boal claims the Pentagon "launched a massive effort to find every file and pull the pictures out of circulation before they could touch off a scandal on the scale of Abu Ghraib."

Among other things, it is against Army rules to take photos of war dead.

The Pentagon is calling the alleged atrocities "repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States Army."

Spc. Morlock, who faces 24 years in prison, grew up in Wasilla, Alaska and is a friend of Track Palin, the son of former Gov. Sarah Palin.







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