It appears that a group of 12 US soldiers is in some hot water for doing some extracurricular target practice on unarmed Afghan Civilians, which is a no no because it’s a war crime if we are to look at the Geneva Conventions.
Apparently, the soldiers “shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.”
The Fourth Geneva Convention states that:
Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.
To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:
(a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
(b) taking of hostages;
(c) outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;
(d) the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.
Violations of the Geneva Conventions are tantamount to war crimes.
One of the victims the soldiers killed “wasn’t a threat” according to Jeremy Morlock, one of the soldiers who participated in the killings.
While “the Army is attempting to prevent the release of dozens of photographs that reportedly show Jeremy Morlock and other soldiers posing with the murdered Afghan civilians,” we have to wonder just how many other “kill teams” are in Afghanistan participating in this morbid target practice.