WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- New photos have emerged that appear to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan.
The photos are in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times, which says one picture shows members of the 82nd Airborne posing two years ago with Afghan police and the severed legs of a suicide bomber.
U.S. officials are condemning the actions of the soldiers.
The White House says the conduct depicted in photos that purport to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan is "reprehensible."
White House spokesman Jay Carney says the conduct does not represent the standards of the U.S. military. Carney says the president believes the situation needs to be investigated and those responsible should be held accountable.
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following statement on behalf of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:
"Secretary Panetta strongly rejects the conduct depicted in these two-year old photographs. These images by no means represent the values or professionalism of the vast majority of U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan today.
"An investigation that could lead to disciplinary measures is underway. Anyone found responsible for this inhuman conduct will be held accountable in accordance with our military justice system.
"The secretary is also disappointed that despite our request not to publish these photographs, the Los Angeles Times went ahead. The danger is that this material could be used by the enemy to incite violence against U.S. and Afghan service members in Afghanistan. U.S. forces in the country are taking security measures to guard against it."