The Army Times and the Washington Post report that, according to Army investigators, a small group of U.S. soldiers stationed at Forward Operating Base Ramrod, Afghanistan, conspired to kill innocent civilians for sport.
In all, according to the Army Times report, five American soldiers are accused of killing Afghan civilians and seven are charged with assault and drug use.
According to Army Times sources, “gruesome” photographs exist of soldiers posing with the dead. Soldiers allegedly kept body parts—severed fingers, and in one case, a skull—as “trophies.”
Court documents indicate that at least one of the soldiers involved, Spc. Jeremy Morlock, of Wasilla, Alaska, admitted to the killings, although his lawyer told the Seattle Times that, “the statements were made under the influence of prescription drugs to treat traumatic brain injuries from explosions and should be suppressed as evidence.”
Hearings to determine if the case will proceed to court-martial are expected to begin later this month.