The latest edition of the Rolling Stone is out with an article on the activities of members of the 5th Stryker Brigade in Afghanistan. The article, entitled “The Kill Team,” includes photos and video footage from Afghanistan.
There are a number of disturbing aspects to the events related in the story, including claims that some of the brigade’s officers and NCOs were aware that the team was killing civilians with little or no justification, but did nothing to rein them in. One passage describes how members of the team, including SPC Jeremy Morlock, who recently pled guilty to three specifications of murder at a general court-martial for his actions as a member of the team, ambushed and shot an unarmed Afghan civilian and then told their officers that he had attacked them. Even though their story seemed questionable to the senior officer on the scene, it was not challenged: and the officer, Captain Patrick Mitchell, “did not order his men to render aid to [the wounded civilian], whom he believed might still be alive, and possibly a threat. Instead, he ordered Staff Sgt. Kris Sprague to ‘make sure’ the boy was dead. Sprague raised his rifle and fired twice.”