A new documentary called "The Kill Team" shows how some U.S. soldiers fighting terrorism in Afghanistan were actually killing innocent Afghans for sport and proudly displaying their body parts as trophies.
In the shocking film, U.S. Army Cpl. Jeremy Morlock recalls how his team leader Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs showed him human fingers from the hands of Afghan civilians killed by the unit (video below).
Morlock claims that Gibbs wanted the fingers to decompose into bone, which he planned to make into a necklace, notes Salon.com.
The film centers around the infamous “Maywand District murders” from 2010 in which five U.S. servicemen: Morlock, Gibbs, Andrew Holmes, Adam Winfield and Michael Wagnon were accused of murdering three innocent Afghan civilians and taking their body parts as trophies, noted The Guardian. Seven other U.S. soldiers were charged with participating in a coverup of the murders.
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Gibbs was convicted in 2011, and given a life sentence, although he will be eligible for parole in 2020.
According to the Associated Press, Gibbs declared his innocence in the killings, but did admit to cutting fingers off corpses and yanking out a victim's tooth, which he said was "like keeping the antlers off a deer you'd shoot."
Some of the victims of "The Kill Team" included a man who was deaf and/or mentally disabled, a local mullah and 15-year-old boy doing farm work, whose deaths were reported in detail by Rolling Stone.
In the film, Pvt. 1st Class Justin Stoner, who was the whistleblower, claims the “kill team” murders were “an open topic of conversation” with the 3,800 soldiers of the 5th Stryker Brigade, who did nothing to stop it.
Spc. Adam Kelly was convicted of conspiring to harm Stoner because of his whistleblowing in 2011, noted the Associated Press.