British Soldier 'Kept Taliban Body Parts'

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The Ministry of Defence is investigating reports that a soldier kept the fingers of dead Taliban insurgents as "souvenirs".

It is believed the soldier is a member of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, the 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The Regiment last served in Afghanistan between September 2010 and April of this year.

They were based in Helmand Province, where they were heavily involved with training local police.

The allegations are now being examined by the MoD's special investigations branch.

A spokesman said: "This is a very serious allegation and it would be wrong for us to comment. An investigation is ongoing."

In July 2010 a Ghurka soldier was ordered back to the UK after he cut off the head of a dead Taliban commander.

The incident happened after his unit was told they must prove they had killed the right man.


Taliban 'Souvenirs': MoD Investigates Claim British Soldier Kept Body Parts Of Dead Fighters | UK News | Sky News
 
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Damn sight easier to dry out ears. Methinks fingers would stink pretty quickly!
 
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Kids of today, no sense of tradition.
Nothing looks as ally as a nice string of ears on the section commanders belt, as you casually patrol down the falls road on a saturday night, this tradition i believe was started by tropper one cold wet night, and is continued to this day, but how it got relegated to fingers i have no idea.
 
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he could of been a jack b*stard and cut up the fingers for ear plugs to sleep through incoming mortars during the night? maybe he was collecting them to make a human jenga set? lol
 
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Perhaps this is a solution to the joys of skiffing, without the hygiene issues associated with sticking ones own finger in poop?
 
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The stock produced from fingers is better than ears. More meat you see, that's what yer stock needs, meat and not cartilage.
 
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Nothing looks as ally as a nice string of ears on the section commanders belt, as you casually patrol down the falls road on a saturday night, this tradition i believe was started by tropper one cold wet night, and is continued to this day, but how it got relegated to fingers i have no idea.
Ear, ear! :)
 
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In July 2010 a Ghurka soldier was ordered back to the UK after he cut off the head of a dead Taliban commander.

The incident happened after his unit was told they must prove they had killed the right man.
Er, that does sound a good way to prove his identity. I'm guessing they didn't have a camera handy?
 
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Some good defensive work from Scottish MP (why?):

Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said: “If these sickening acts were the result of severe military trauma, then the army needs to act quickly to ensure that others are not suffering in this way"

Another new syndrome to add to the existing collection: Severe Military Trauma (SMT, nice and catchy, should work in court).
 
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This is appalling, don't the officers do kit inspections any more? This soldier could have caught some horrible disease from those rotting body parts, or a bad headache from the smell at the very least. They were quite right to confiscate them.

By the way, how do they look with the mess silver?
 
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