This video came out a month ago, and the U.S. Army is investigating. Apparently they have been pushed hard by PETA. The man with the bat appears to be a local Afghan, not a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Given the recent controversy of US Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, the military brass is doubling down on videos that bring them bad publicity. From the Army Times:
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Army investigators are probing the video of a sheep being beaten with a baseball bat while a group of what appear to be soldiers cheer and laugh, according to a military spokesman.
Military commanders in Afghanistan have condemned the video, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said in an email. He said the Army Criminal Investigation Command opened an investigation after the video surfaced in November.
“We are aware of a Live Leak video depicting the killing of a sheep,” the spokesman said. “The actions of those involved are not condoned or supported in any way. We are currently assessing the situation to determine more information.”
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