RAF serviceman 'posed with Taliban body'

The RAF has launched an investigation after photographs emerged appearing to show a British serviceman giving a thumbs-up sign while posing with the dead body of a Taliban soldier.

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Leaked photos taken after 'Battle of Bastion' firefight

Graphic pictures which appear to show at least one UK serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter were taken after an attack by insurgents on Camp Bastion in September 2012.

Members of No 51 Squadron RAF Regiment, together with US Marine service personnel and civilian security contractors, defeated the attackers after a four-hour firefight with support from helicopters in what came to be known as the Battle of Bastion.

The leaked images showed the aftermath of the Battle of Bastion. Credit: Live Leak

The RAF Regiment is the ground fighting force of the Royal Air Force. Two members of the regiment have been withdrawn from the front line over the leaked photos.

Last month a report by MPs said British commanders had to "bear a degree of responsibility" for failing to prevent the 2012 raid, which left two US marines dead.

Prince Harry was serving at the base as a member of the Army Air Corps during the time of the attack.

Images show serviceman 'posing with dead militant'

The RAF has launched an investigation over photos apparently showing at least one serviceman posing beside the body of a dead Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan.

The serviceman gives the thumbs-up sign next to the corpse of a dead fighter. Credit: Live Leak
A serviceman poses with a dead body. Credit: Live Leak
The images were said to be taken following an insurgent attack at Camp Bastion. Credit: Live Leak


RAF takes Taliban photo incident 'extremely seriously'

The Ministry of Defence said "inappropriate actions will not be tolerated" after photos emerged appearing to show an RAF serviceman giving a thumbs-up sign next to the body of a dead Taliban fighter.

An MoD spokesman said:

Inappropriate actions will not be tolerated in the armed forces; the RAF is treating this incident extremely seriously and has launched a military police investigation.

As this incident is subject to an ongoing investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

– MoD spokesman
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