- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2009

KABUL (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says it has fired eight security guards following allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct at their living quarters.

The embassy said Friday the management team of the private contractor that provides the guards is also “being replaced immediately.”

An embassy statement said the guards who were dismissed left the country Friday. Two other guards resigned and also left. All of them appeared in photographs that depicted guards and supervisors in various stages of nudity at parties flowing with alcohol.

The scandal surfaced this week when an independent watchdog said that guards were subjected to abuse and hazing by supervisors.

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