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A new controversy for -- for United States troops serving in our longest war in history.
The White House today said the president wants an investigation into pictures that surface in the Los Angeles Times newspaper that appear to show US soldiers posing.
With the body parts.
Of dead Afghan insurgent suicide bombers here.
This is the only picture Fox News editorial managers have decided we will be running.
According to Los Angeles Times it shows soldiers from the army's 82 airborne division along with -- Afghan police.
Posing with the mangled corpse of a suicide bomber.
Today that -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reacted like this.
-- strongly condemned.
We'll see in those photos ask -- -- general Allen.
That behavior if that was depicted in those photos.
Both our regulations.
And more importantly our core values.
This is not who we are.
And it's certainly not.
Who we represented.
Fall when it comes to the great majority.
Both men and women in uniform.
Of course this is but the latest setback for the US mission in Afghanistan which is wildly unpopular across the nation.
In January a video surfaced showing US Marines urinating.
On the corpses of Afghans.
In February the burning of arrives at a US base sparked riots.
That killed dozens of people including six Americans and then last month.
The army -- this sergeant of mass of massacring.
Seventeen Afghans including nine young children.
James Rosen live with the new chapter from Washington James.
-- good afternoon for top US.
Military commanders both in Afghanistan and here at home.
The priority now is two full.
First to investigate the eighteen photos obtained by the Los Angeles Times and determine what punitive steps if any will follow.
And also to take whatever precautions may now be necessary.
To safeguard US forces from reprisals.
Defense Secretary Panetta joined by secretary of state Hillary Clinton attended -- NATO strategy session in Brussels today.
All of these photos Panetta said as you heard this is not who we are.
He also explain why he asked the LA times not to publish the photos a request the newspaper rebuffed.
This is war.
-- know I know that war is ugly and it's violent.
And I know that young people sometimes caught up in the moment.
Make some very foolish decisions.
I am not excusing.
That's not excusing a behavior.
But neither do I want these images.
To bring further injury.
To -- people.
With those February riots in Afghanistan having led to the loss of American lives NATO's top officials quick to emphasize today that.
International troops worked side by side with some 330000.
Afghan security forces every day.
To pace apparently a couple of years ago.
And I can't see that.
I consider them.
And I today -- eight day event.
So obviously I hope that they would be no.
As -- over.
The Los Angeles Times says it obtained these two year old photographs from a member of the 82 airborne unit.
The Paper identified the corpses in the photos as belonging both to suicide bombers and two insurgents who quote.
Had accidentally blown themselves up.
-- James Rosen live -- this in Washington James thanks now to go.
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