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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 228-11
March 21, 2011

Statement by the Army on Photographs Published by Der Spiegel

            “Today Der Spiegel published photographs depicting actions repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States Army.  We apologize for the distress these photos cause.  The actions portrayed in these photographs remain under investigation and are now the subject of ongoing U.S. court-martial proceedings, in which the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  These court-martial proceedings speak for themselves.  The photos appear in stark contrast to the discipline, professionalism and respect that have characterized our soldiers’ performance during nearly 10 years of sustained operations.  It would be improper to comment further on these photographs at this time.  The United States Army is committed to adherence to the Law of War and the humane and respectful treatment of combatants, noncombatants, and the dead.  When allegations of wrongdoing by soldiers surface, to include the inappropriate treatment of the dead, they are fully investigated.  Soldiers who commit offenses will be held accountable as appropriate.”

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