The Los Angeles Times published photos showing U.S. troops posing with the body parts of dead suicide bombers in Afghanistan on Wednesday, prompting condemnations from American officials even before the pictures were posted on the newspaper’s website.

A total of 18 pictures showing soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division were taken in 2010 and given to the Times by a soldier who served with the 82nd Airborne’s 4th Brigade Combat Team from Ft. Bragg, N.C., the newspaper reported. Only two of the 18 photos appeared on the site.

 In an apparent attempt at damage control, the commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said in a statement — issued before the photographs and story appeared on the Times’ site — that he condemned the apparent actions of U.S. personnel in the pictures.
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