US soldier admits killing unarmed Afghans for sport
Jeremy Morlock, 23, tells US military court he was part of a ‘kill team’ that faked combat situations to murder Afghan civilians

Paul Harris in New York

An American soldier has pleaded guilty to being part of a “kill team” who deliberately murdered Afghan civilians for sport last year.

Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock, 23, told a military court he had helped to kill three unarmed Afghans. “The plan was to kill people, sir,” he told an army judge in Fort Lea, near Seattle, after his plea.

The case has caused outraged headlines around the world. In a series of videotaped confessions to investigators, some of which have been broadcast on American television, Morlock detailed how he and other members of his Stryker brigade set up and faked combat situations so that they could kill civilians who posed no threat to them. Four other soldiers are still to come to trial over the incidents.

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2 Comments to “US soldier admits killing unarmed Afghans for sport”

  • The predictable, inevitable loss of moral compass of burnt-out soldiers caught in a mindless war–as depicted in “The Valley of Elah,” a must-see film for Americans who have been duped into believing that all our “boys” in Iraq and Afghanistan are there building schools and fighting for democracy. The time to bring them home is long overdue.

  • Fortt Lea? Near Seattle? Fort Lewis is near Seattle. Fort Lee is in Virginia. Fort LEAvenworth is in Kansas.

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