Attorney of U.S. Soldier: My Client Severed Fingers of Afghan Civilians as War Trophies
The attorney for a U.S. Army soldier accused of leading a so-called „kill team“ in Afghanistan has admitted his client cut the fingers off dead Afghan civilians as war trophies. The lawyer claims Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs was not involved in the actual killing of the Afghans, however. Gibbs is one of five soldiers charged with killing three Afghan civilians for sport and has pleaded „not guilty“ to 16 criminal charges. Three men within the platoon have pleaded guilty. They have agreed to testify that it was Gibbs’ idea to kill civilians and stage the deaths to make them appear to have been combatants. The men claim that Gibbs harbored a deep hatred for Afghans and would refer to them as „savages.“ In March of 2011, photos surfaced of the soldiers posing with the corpses of Afghan civilians they had allegedly just killed.