Freie Mitarbeit unter anderem für das "Stader Tageblatt" und die Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa im Südasienbüro in Neu Delhi, Indien.Ab 2000 Volontariat bei der "Heilbronner Stimme", anschließend dort Politikredakteur. The United States and NATO are concerned that reactions could be intense to the publication of images documenting killings committed by US soldiers in Afghanistan.In total, 12 US soldiers who were allegedly part of what has been described as a "kill team" in Afghanistan are expected to go on trial soon.'They Mowed Him Down' The piece in SPIEGEL reconstructs some of the atrocities and includes three previously unknown photographs.US Vice President Joe Biden recently spoke about the case with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.The head of all NATO troops in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, likewise met with Karzai.National Security Advisor Tom Donilon has likewise made contact with officials in Kabul.The case threatens to strain already fragile US-Afghan relations at a time when the two countries are negotiating over the establishment of permanent US military bases in Afghanistan.
The actions depicted in the photos, the statement read, are "repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States." The suspected perpetrators are part of a group of US soldiers accused of several killings. The photos, the army statement said, stand "in stark contrast to the discipline, professionalism and respect that have characterized our soldiers' performance during nearly 10 years of sustained operations." Major Public Backlash At NATO headquarters, there are fears that the coming days could see angry protests in Afghanistan or even potential attacks against NATO units.
On Tuesday, Karzai is scheduled to address his country to talk about the transfer of responsibility for his country's security from NATO to Afghanistan.
With him will be members of the NATO leadership and the US ambassador to Afghanistan.
By apologizing and by promising that those responsible will be prosecuted, the US is hoping to prevent Karzai from making any angry public statements on the case.
Whether the effort will ultimately be successful remains to be seen.