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General in Afghanistan cracks down on war-zone photography

Sgt. Eric D. Warren, a maintainer for Marine Corps RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, pursues his hobby photography in his spare time at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

Marine commanders in Afghanistan have cracked down on war-zone photography in the wake of international scandals, Marine Corps Times reported.

An order from Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, head of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), bans personnel assigned to Regional Command Southwest from taking photographs outside the wire for any unofficial purpose, the Times said, About 36,000 coalition forces serve under Gurganus in the region, which comprises Helmand and Nimroz provinces.

Troops will still be required to document evidence during missions using point-and-shoot cameras; the order is intended to discourage souvenir photos sent to family and friends back home.

Unofficial photos and videos that went viral online have led to multiple scandals this year, including a video showing Marines urinating on Taliban corpses; another that appeared to show soldiers beating a sheep; and photos published by the Los Angeles Times of soldiers posing with the remains of insurgent suicide bombers.

Source: Marine Corps Times

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