US `abuse pic` soldier faces court-martial

A soldier from a "rogue" US army unit accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport went on trial on Tuesday, two days after grisly photos of troops posing with dead bodies were published.

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 10:29 AM IST

Seattle: A soldier from a "rogue" US army unit accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport went on trial on Tuesday, two days after grisly photos of troops posing with dead bodies were published.
One of three pictures published by the German news magazine Der Spiegel shows Jeremy Morlock smiling over the corpse of an Afghan man he allegedly murdered in southern Afghanistan.

News reports say Morlock has agreed to plead guilty at his court martial to his role as part of an allegedly drugaddled rogue unit that slaughtered Afghan civilians in Kandahar early last year.

Morlock led US army investigators to gruesome trophies allegedly taken from the bodies of civilians killed by members of the rogue unit.

PTI