Live Web chat: L.A. Times editor to discuss Afghan photos


At 11 a.m. PDT, Los Angeles Times editor Davan Maharaj will take part in a live discussion of the L.A. Times story about U.S. troops posing with body parts from Afghan suicide bombers.

The story, and the two photos that accompanied it, outline how a unit of the 82nd Airborne Division posed with remains when sent on two missions to attempt to get identification of the dead bombers.

The Pentagon has denounced the behavior depicted in the photos and has launched a criminal investigation.

The Defense Department had asked The Times not to run the photos. After careful consideration, the paper decided to proceed, Maharaj said, selecting two photos out of 18 to be published. The soldier who gave the photos to The Times said he hoped their publication would help ensure that disciplinary breakdowns, which endanger troop safety, would not be repeated.


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