The Kill Team

From Rolling Stone:

How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses – and how their officers failed to stop them.

While the officers of 3rd Platoon peeled off to talk to a village elder inside a compound, two soldiers walked away from the unit until they reached the far edge of the village. There, in a nearby poppy field, they began looking for someone to kill. “The general consensus was, if we are going to do something that fucking crazy, no one wanted anybody around to witness it,” one of the men later told Army investigators.

The poppy plants were still low to the ground at that time of year. The two soldiers, Cpl. Jeremy Morlock and Pfc. Andrew Holmes, saw a young farmer who was working by himself among the spiky shoots. Off in the distance, a few other soldiers stood sentry. But the farmer was the only Afghan in sight. With no one around to witness, the timing was right. And just like that, they picked him for execution.

Morlock and Holmes called to him in Pashto as he walked toward them, ordering him to stop. The boy did as he was told. He stood still.

The soldiers knelt down behind a mud-brick wall. Then Morlock tossed a grenade toward Mudin, using the wall as cover. As the grenade exploded, he and Holmes opened fire, shooting the boy repeatedly at close range with an M4 carbine and a machine gun.

(via Poor Mojo)


  1. God Bless America! Jesus is smiling in full support of our military operations, especially ones that involve throwing grenades at farmers.

  2. I don’t think it is too much to remember that the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan is a crime under international law altogether.

  3. I don’t think it’s even remotely a coincidence that the two soldiers most gung-ho about this were huge problem children prior to their military days. Aggressive, always in trouble, didn’t care about the consequences, suspended, kicked out of school – this is what much of the modern military is made up of since it’s all-volunteer. People who join the military these days are either extremely patriotic, or they have no future anywhere else/just want to kill for the thrill of it.

  4. This is one of the reasons a lot of people in other countries hate us. We’re still trying to shed Bush’s gung-ho “bring’ em on” attitude, and things like this keep popping up. Thanks, assholes.

  5. I guess a person low enough on the drug supply chain is called a “farmer” and as you get closer to the top of the chain you get a less glamorous name like “pusher.”

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