(CNN) - New photos of US troops in Afghanistan posing with body parts of suicide bombers posted by the Los Angeles Times garnered strong condemnation from military officials Wednesday. Rene Marsh joins us from Washington on this breaking story.
Photos of U.S. troops reportedly posing with bodies and body parts of suicide bombers have gone public.
The Los Angeles Times obtained and released the photos this morning despite calls from the Department of Defense not to.
We have one of the pictures... We warn you it is disturbing.
We've blurred out some of it but you can see soldiers posing with a mangled body...reportedly the legs of a suicide bomber.
We have not independently determined the authenticity of this image.
The LA Times says they obtained 18 pictures from a soldier with the 82nd Airborne Division on condition of anonymity.
According to the LA Times, the soldier said the photos, "point to a breakdown in leadership and discipline that he believed compromised the safety of the troops."
Here’s what the military is saying:
This "represents a serious error in judgment by several soldiers who have acted out of ignorance and unfamiliarity with U.S. Army values,"
Despite being asked not to publish the photos and what the la times says were unsuccessful attempts to get a response from the soldiers involved, the LA Times editor defended the release of the photos:
"After careful consideration, we decided that publishing a small but representative selection of the photos would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops."
These photos are newly released but they are actually two years old.
The military is investigating.
Military officials say the newspaper has now put troops in Afghanistan at risk.