- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The conduct depicted in photos that purport to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan is “reprehensible,” the White House said Wednesday.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the conduct does not represent the standards of the U.S. military. President Obama believes the situation needs to be investigated and those responsible held accountable, Mr. Carney said.

The photos were published in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times. The newspaper says the photos show members of the 82nd Airborne Division posing in 2010 with Afghan police and the severed legs of a suicide bomber.

Mr. Carney said he did not know if the president had seen the photos.