Photos of U.S. “Kill Team” Posing with Murdered Afghan Civilians

The following photos depict soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, posing next to the corpse of Gul Mudin, an unarmed Afghan civilian killed by their unit on January 15, 2010, as well as the corpses of two other unnamed Afghan civilians.  The photos were published today by Der Spiegel in their German-language print release. However, they are blocked behind a paywall that restricts their dissemination.  The U.S. Army responded to the release by saying that the photos depict “actions repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States.”  There are reportedly more than four thousand photos of the “kill team” that were collected by Der Spiegel during the course of its investigation.  Anyone who has access to these photos is strongly encouraged to contribute them to this site via our encrypted upload form.  Public Intelligence will publish these photos in their entirety, unaltered.  Obfuscation of victims’ faces in these photos was performed by Der Spiegel.

Pfc. Andrew Holmes

Spc. Jeremy N. Morlock

Two civilians killed by the unit.

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69 comments for “Photos of U.S. “Kill Team” Posing with Murdered Afghan Civilians

  1. robin yates
    March 21, 2011 at 12:31 am

    it is guys like this who give their country a bad,bad name. They are excrement and offend any real soldier from wherever they come from. I sincerely hope they will get a big jail sentence in the US

    • Bob
      October 29, 2011 at 6:43 am

      Typical stupid muslim behavior, piece of shit.. A few guys misbehave and now every American is guilty? I wish you were the one in these pictures!

    • freedom
      October 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

      And you put the muslims in the same corner as the afghan, think before the reaction.

    • Jan
      October 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Bob, your reply is proving that you are nothing better then the soldiers who did this!
      Look at it all over the world… it started with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it continues since then…
      AMERICA is violating humanity rules… The biggest criminal state is America… they are guilty for criminal acts against mankind!!!!

    • Erhan
      October 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      typical muslim behavior? listen to me you fucking rasist PIG, I dont hate somebody becouse he is an american jew or chinese, I hate those that vote for WAR. if you voted for bush the second time youre an WAR BITCH, but I also hate animals like you becouse an muslim has an opinion, than acording to you its typical muslim behavior, that is the BASIC PRROF OF RASISME YOU ASS FUCK

    • 1972
      October 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      You mean murdering civilians.
      They could do well as SS soldiers.

      • Doc
        March 12, 2012 at 6:02 am

        Stupid! What about the innocent people in the Twin Towers. You are truly stupid and always will be.

    • Noname
      October 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      You guys are all the same. F*ck you all amerikan soldiers. You all are fighting like gays, if you are like a man you have to fight the people who are fighting you, not the innocent people.

      Crazy people.

    • February 8, 2012 at 3:48 am

      I see a lot of enjoyment in your post. You wish he was the one in the picture just because he does not agree with soldiers killing unarmed civilians and posing for pictures next to their bodies.

  2. Afghan
    March 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Fuck The whole America
    I hope it will happend same with all american
    Free Afghanistan
    Fuck Bush,Obama,Blair,Cameron
    Dead To America
    Allahu Akbar

    • klaas
      October 29, 2011 at 9:39 am


    • ROWAN
      October 31, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Allahu Akbar!!

  3. disappointedtruthsearcher
    March 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    It amazes me the evil that lives in the “house next door” – and the absolute atrocities that always come out of war (the Rape of nanking, Hiroshima/Nagasaki, the halocaust and on and on) The complete disregard for human life and suffering sickens me. It seems no country is without these types of embarrassments, and some countries even commit them intentionally. I used to avoid looking at pictures like this, but I’ve changed my mind. I think High school seniors should be required to see – in color – what war REALLY means. Everyone, even the ‘enemy’ is human, has family, has people who will care if they are killed. But you never see the real instigators of the wars (country leaders) out there doing the dying. Maybe if they were required to fight on the front lines they would finally find a better way to resolve conflict. May these “soldiers” be judged far more deservedly by their maker than we could ever judge them here – and may they fear that day with all their beings for the rest of their mortal lives!! As an American may I say how very very sorry I am.

    • 4justice
      March 25, 2011 at 7:02 am

      hi, disappointedtruthsearcher you are very very right about everything!

      see as a muslim who is a shia from afghanistan, i am 100% agree with your government ideas..see that is why shias people believe in “Mahdi” because a person who is the control of a country or wold MUST be a pure person meaning or what we call in Dari and Arabic “Mahsum” who understand the feeling of every individual in the world and be the judge of all human beings..see governments like Iran (who claims/even is a shia government but truly is an oppressor) or any other country at the moment and in future is and will not be a PURE government, there is always government oppression in every country, laws that are made by the people who think what laws are good/bad and should be made/applied, terrorist and suicidal bombings and killing of innocents, always poor people will exist in such government, visas exist in such governments in order to go from one place/country to another when all lands belongs to Allah(God) and etc…..i just wanted you to do some research about shia religion and think about my comment BECAUSE i can see your an intelligent and very very kind person and i would like to see what you think. you dont have to convert or agree/disagree with my comment but just do a research about it, its not going to hurt or eat you but you will gain some knowledge!

      now back to this photos, all i can see is we all belong to Allah (God) and we shall one day return to such people will get what they deserve..
      may god have mercy on all of us and show all of us the right path..
      An Afghan Canadian !

      • 4justice
        March 25, 2011 at 7:18 am

        ALSO the right path is not by how many people are/believe in a religion but does the religion/path shows the true right way ? for example sunni Muslims say because they are majority that their way is right but if that was the case then all Muslims should become Christians or something else because Christianity is more than islam so its not by the number of people but if the religion shows the right path…sunnis used a democratic voting and decided Abu bakr and omar should be next successors of prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) when he died but dont they know that prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) would name persons to success him who would be as pure as him (he said Imam Ali (AS) is his successor but those (Abu bakr and Omar) stole the succession of Imam Ali (AS) because they were pure evil persons) and would lead all human kind in right way and justice way for all humans until the day of judgment day…..anyway i am sorry if i made you bored but i DO think you would do some research and i would like to hear you opinion
        best regards !

    • Yves
      October 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Dear thruthsearcher,
      As you are searching the truth just like i am iw want to add some other opinion to your excuse to the victims from these soldiers. I respect your opinion very much and i am thankfull for the clear vision u have.
      Besides the fact that what these soldiers have done is soooo very wrong, they are human beings too and i hope they will be forgiven too and i hope that what they have done is wrong. In my opinion the soldiers are (hard to understand) victims from our society.
      I hope their victims will be able to forgive them too, because that is the only way to gain peace in the world i think.
      Peace to you and to everyone in the world

  4. josé wellington porto
    March 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Why the world blamed nazis killers and forgets americans? Why the world blames muslins terrorists and forgets christians? Why the world blames africans genocides and forgets white anglo saxonian ? Why…?
    Kurtz said:…the horror… the horror… (Apocalypse Now)

  5. Fábio de Oliveira Ribeiro
    March 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    OK When Americans be died, mutilated and humiliated we won’t feel any mercy.

  6. Canadian
    March 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    The Americans are there to free a people… well, freed they have, literally. Welcome to American Freedom

  7. Maryam
    March 26, 2011 at 2:48 am


    • Person
      July 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      I think you need a little more respect when writing a comment and actually think before you do. For a start your cussing at the entire country of the US. Secondly you’re cussing at every white person which is racist. Thirdly you’re disrespecting the Presidency of the US and you cannot for a second say that it is an easy job because you do not understand the amount they actually do. Just in general everything you said was quite offensive.. I know what these men did was horrifically wrong but just because they did that it does not give anyone the right to blame all white peoples or an entire country, no you could’ve just mentioned about the hatred you have for the few that are complete psychopaths.

      • Doc
        March 12, 2012 at 6:07 am

        Not real intellegent, huh? That’s quite a vocabulary you have there, bet your momma’s proud of you. You have nothing and never will. You can hardly speak! What a moron!

  8. JEFF
    March 26, 2011 at 2:59 am


    • freedom
      October 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

      How can a muslim that can not defend his country attac wtc in the us. And how many ppl worked in the wtc only 3000? And allah, god, knows best.

  9. an american
    March 26, 2011 at 3:24 am

    i love how five american soldiers go insane and kill three civilians, and people praise the terrorists, who not only have body bombed thousands of their own, but also caused the 9/11 murders of over 3,000 innocent civilians in the world trade center collapse

  10. Muslim
    March 26, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Do you know how many innocent people died in Irak and Afganistan?

  11. Muslim
    March 26, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Over than 30000 people, mostly kids and women.

    • atheist
      October 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

      And how many innocent died by the hand of their fellow Iraqies and Afghans??
      Still these American “soldiers” should get what they deserve!!

    • klaas
      October 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

      that’s because their are a bench of stupid muslim’s!

  12. disappointment
    March 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I find it really sad and feel very disappointed when I look at these picture of innocence people dying in the hand of American soldiers. Why? Because they were send there to defend America, to get their point heard, yet at the end they end up killing those that did nothing wrong. Why go to someone house just to kill them, when you know for sure they can’t hurt you? Just because you may have a higher status then them, does not allow you to go kill anyone you want. Where is the pride in American soldiers? This just make them as low as those around them, or even lower.

    Now to the picture…
    How… I MEAN HOW can you take a picture of someone you kill and yet still have a smile on your face? Are you trying to tell other that you are “Proud” of what you did? And people should be happy for you? Its not like you kill a deer and want to take a picture for memories. IT’S a HUMAN! It is SOMEONE like YOU! I really do NOT understand WHY this SOLDIER would have a smile on his FACE holding the head of his victim he just kill! HOW can ANYONE do such things!?

    I am not saying that “Ohhh American are bad and Afghan civilians are good.” I am trying to say, HOW can anyone do such things!? Aren’t we suppose to feel proud for our soldier to go out and fight for us? BUT this? This just make me look down on them.

    • jim jones
      October 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Theey smile because they regard the afghan as inferior, just as the VC were ‘gooks’…. They were trained this way.
      In essence this is what you get when you feel superior, as americans do. You should watch your back though, because the chinese are moving i while you conduct a war ordered by the MIC (military Industrial Complex). Its this JFk tried to warn against.

  13. March 28, 2011 at 5:47 am

    this is the picture of terrorist country’s soldier . america is No.1 terrorist .america is not super power because super power has some rules and some responsibilities .Like Muslims when they are super power. america is like rate.And rate has no responsibilities national or international.This rate has power for some days and after some days???????????????????????

    • jim jones
      October 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      They smile because they regard the afghan as inferior, just as the VC were ‘gooks’…. They were trained this way.
      In essence this is what you get when you feel superior, as americans do. You should watch your back though, because the chinese are moving i while you conduct a war ordered by the MIC (military Industrial Complex). Its this JFk tried to warn against.

  14. Kill a Afghani
    March 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I wish all these Arab whores talking shit on this site would die the same way. FUCK YOU ISLAM…FUCK YOU ARABS…YOU ALL DESERVE THIS…USA ALL DAY BITCH – FUCK THE WORLD

    • jim jones
      October 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      excellent point, I hope the yanks understand what you’re saying….remember JFK and the Military Industrial complex theory.

  15. Storie Mooser
    March 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    This is what happens when a nation descends into being a warrior cult, when militarism becomes worshiped as a value unto itself, when people in the military are acculturated by the institution to forget that they are citizens first, secondarily soldiers (contrary to the specific order of the duty oath that placies direct, individual responsibility upon each bearer of the oath to protect the Constitution from enemies domestic and foreign). America has lost it soul.

    • jim jones
      October 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      presumably they are just the tip of an iceberg?!

  16. proudamerican
    March 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Thankfully, mini-cameras & the Net werent available to document the horrors of the Vietnam War! The “kill team” efforts pale to the atrocities in Vietnam. They act like rednecks on a deer hunt. Again, the actions of a few taint the whole.

  17. Merel
    March 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

    When we are youngh our parents teach us not to fight about things, but to solve it like grown ups, by having a respectful confersation….

    • jim jones
      October 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      watch out, you’re being *ssraped by the chinese, buying up your broke country in no time, to make sure you’re the cheap labor of the future…..

  18. Death a coming
    March 30, 2011 at 12:09 am

    who cares know how many innocent people died in Irak and Afghanistan if it was up to me we would have carpet bomb the fucking site. Like the say death to all of us I say death to all MUSLIM”S


  19. March 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Ashamed to be American today. As enraging and disgusting as these images are – please remember that we are not all sociopathic murderers. When confronted with horrors like this, I feel like going all “jihad” is a pretty normal reaction to be expected. Congratulations assholes, you just recruited a buttload more enemy combatants that will be maiming and killing you and your friends.

    • jim jones
      October 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      would be nice to see the general in command go to jail, instead of these poor suckers…

  20. Shwizzy
    March 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm


    America has not lost its soul. It’s soldiers are corrupted with the power they hold. Throughout history, those in power would do horrible things to their victims. I’m not giving any of these sick fucks a pass at all. They deserve ultimate prosecutions, which I’m left to think 24 years in prison is NOT ENOUGH TIME. But a lot of you are saying Americans are all evil and deserve to die. Fuck you! And others are saying kill an Afghani. Fuck you too. You murderous assholes idealists are the reason hate spreads.

  21. OpenMind
    July 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I concur with Shwizzy and what i would like to state is that we, either muslim or infidal, are not supposed to murder INNOCENTS.

  22. July 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

    fuck u all america sisters & mothers son of bitch

  23. dann
    September 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    all muslims are not terrorist, but all terroris are muslims, some says us soldier kills innocent peoples 9/11 what is ??? a good muslim haveto leav islam. islam is the way of hell. islam is nothing but teets of elephant, showing teeth are diffrent and eating diffrent,.

  24. Unknown
    September 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    What these SELECT number if soldiers did, unacceptable. The should be charged, discharged and sentenced to prison. But for all you ignorant morons that think every american soldier is just like this, should really stop gathering all their information via the news. Don’t EVER forget that these pathetic terrorists have done the exact same thing. Kidnapping and beheading INNOCENT CIVILIANS! War is hell, innocent people die, they have for thousands of years, and always will.

  25. John van der Graaf
    October 29, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Christ forsake your god damn motherfucking country America till eternity. May all Americans rot in fucking hell and burn with pain forever and ever. That’s what all of they deserve the scum.
    John from the Netherlands

  26. johan
    October 29, 2011 at 6:43 am

    you cannot blame an entire nation for the wrongs of a few sick induviduals!!!!this is what seperates real soldiers from plain and simple murderers.
    a real soldier does,nt enjoy!!! taking the life of a felllow human beiing.a murderer getts of on these kind of practices.only god can see what is wrong in the hearts of those men,and sadly we are witnesses.
    every life on this planet contributes to something,so please lets start loving again in stead of killing each other for pleasure

  27. realdeal
    October 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

    What’s really depressing is how ‘shocked’ many people are at finding out that this is how a lot of shit goes down in the rea world. People are so naive. This shit goes on much, much more than most would ever dare to believe.

    I don’t even think the troop can be blamed for it that much either, as it’s the position and situation they’re placed in that leads to these outcomes. It’s an expression of our true nature, unbound.

  28. Sascha Costa - The Netherlands
    October 29, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Why there is so much fuss about this all ?
    So what that they make photo’s?
    First of all think About it and replace yourself in their situation.
    Second: these USA (young, well trained) guys are the only ones who risked their lives for the whole “sleeping” and “non-acting” world and cleaned up à lot of trash in Afghanistan and the rest of the world.

    I do not like the USA….. but I have for the American people more respect then for the “non-acting” world !

  29. Anti Terror Brigade
    October 29, 2011 at 7:07 am

    These pics shows again the brutality and brainless acts of u.s. soldiers in action. Can we blame them ? No,..but we can blame the ones who are responsible providing them a gun. It would be hypocrite and a major lie to say that their commanders don’t know what is going on. I even believe that they encourage them to kill innocents as long as the evidence is missing. The new world order is operating like this all over the world as they have set their goal to kill humans to minimize the world population. And what would better fit them than to kill muslims and steal their resources as they are doing right now. 911 is done by those nwo murders. It has all been planned. Just as their operation in all muslim countries,..except to their hypocrite saudi gay friends. Wake up people and see what those bastards are doing. Check for more info. NWO or ILLUMINATI at youtube or google. Its the devil ruling this world now. Wake up and see the world is burning and crying.

  30. flip
    October 29, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I don’t understand why American’s love themselves so much,
    Everyone hates them, at least in Europe they do.

  31. Really
    October 29, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Just tip of the iceberg, who is the terrorist i wonder

  32. AA
    October 29, 2011 at 7:40 am

    You all think you are better, but no way. It has everything to do with social pressure and psychology. You could have done exactly the same in that situation, and that’s why they and you are human. We’re not as good as you think.

  33. AA
    October 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

    By the way, not saying they don’t deserve punishment.

  34. A
    October 29, 2011 at 7:56 am

    What kind of idiotic discussion is this: Killing innocent people is bad. This counts for moslims and americans and everyone else.

    The Americans on the pictures give the USA a bad reputation. They are murders and the murders should be put in jail or given the death penality.

    This debate has nothing to do with religion or nationality; its about common sense and murder isn’t.

  35. a muslim
    October 29, 2011 at 8:03 am

    This comment is for the one and only: ” an american”
    9/11 is not an excuse to kill more and more people you fucking kapitalist! Do you think these three people are the only one who died in Afganistan, your fucking soldiers raped women en abused every citizen! You cant solve terrorism by terrorising. Belive me, after years we are going to discover that 9/11 was planned, to take power over all muslim contries in the name of ” fighting for pease and stop terrorism”

  36. Sindrassa
    October 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

    indeed these arent the only ones, but he what else most one espect from the usa, some usa army facts 2nd ww usa soldiers raped innocent berlin woman records say about 300 without a doubt it is in more in the thousands vietnam war rape torture pleasure killing looting ecetra ecetra and now it is happening in afganistan well big surprise no it wasn’t considering there was Abu Ghraib but they arent the only ones i bet even the australians france ecetra did it as well but i bet the scale aint as big as wannabe we are the best usa.

  37. Personlookingforhappiness
    October 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

    This discussion perfectly shows the World we live in. Unfortunately it always was and always Will be. And it is so simple.. Everyone just wants to be happy, live à fulfilling life with his family and friends, enough to eat and à roof above THE head. All people are THE Same. Where did we all go wrong?

  38. cj
    October 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I have read the blogs… and lets be honest about a couple things.. the islam has nothing to do with what a terrorists does.. they are people who fight in the name of corruption to the ideas of islam.. the islamic way of thinking is not killing and murdering anyone.. there is a little tale about war… two were fighting among the war, the nun-muslim spitted in the muslim guy when the muslim guy was about to put the sword in his stomach while he was
    losing. The muslim throw away the sword and said may peace be upon you.. the nun-muslim guy asked why didn’t you kill me while you could have.. he answerd him and said` if I killed you I would have killeed you because I want it to.. not because you are attaking my country my home and my religion..
    so please make the difference between a muslim and. terrorist.. a muslim go’s to war to protect his houner and its country.. a terrorists does it for only hod knows for what sick reason..

    As for the ones who blame the americans for everything.. think and reply .. if you just look at peoples faces.. arw they the same?? No in every bad lives good .. and just like us in every good lives bad among us.. respect the living beside you and around you just like The prophet said.. life is filled with bad people like them but as an iraqi, I am saying thank you for freeing us.. but don’t take advantage of innocent people.. and at last to the ones saying death to arabs and muslims as the ones saying death to americans.. sayings this to both.. your not helping in a good progress.. we are the generation that has to have the decency to try create a better and more respectful living on this world… because let me remind you all.. of our limmted being.. and god bless the ones who try it.. and help those that try to corrupting it..

  39. Peace
    October 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Sowwwww much hate in this world. Not every muslim is a terorist like not every american is a pig or are all humans criminals ?

  40. Real Afghan
    October 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

    This is a re4sponse to the one with the name “Afghan” who had put a comment on 24 of March 2011 ( all the way at the top). He was probably not an Afghan but an American or an anti-Muslim figure who wants to show the world: Look how impolite Afghans and Muslims are.
    How can you use F-words and then right after that the holy name of Allah?
    Don’t try to justify the evil act of these soldiers and mislead people from the main issue! Mr. wanna be Afghan Muslim…

  41. frans
    October 29, 2011 at 10:58 am

    The two pgs, holmes and morlock should be shot to death right away.

  42. Ali.M
    October 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

    TO non muslims: please behave
    to muslims please behave.

    peace starts in the heart of the good wich heart??? every heart..

    may peace be upon to all the children of Adam.

  43. Second thought
    October 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I like good christians and good muslims and good jews and good …… whoever! Stop acting/thinking stupid, cause that is stupid (sounds reasonable) and is the reason for this kind of things.

    For all you proud americans. What is it, you are so proud of ? Same question for every idiot who loves his country more than human lifes.

  44. mohammed eats bacon
    November 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    mohammed was a pedophile. fuck muslims. stay in your shithole desert countries.

  45. war isn't the answer
    August 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Lower your arms and work together like Brothers and Sisters! We have other big things to worry about! Put your differences aside, please for the love of God.

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