Australian soldier drinks beer out of dead Taliban militant’s prosthetic leg in Afghanistan.
Daily Mail Australian soldiers carried around a dead Taliban fighter’s prosthetic leg as a war trophy and used it as a drinking vessel while serving in Afghanistan at an unofficial bar known as the Fat Lady’s Arms in Tarin Kowt, in the Uruzgan province in way back in 2009.
The senior special forces soldier pictured in the photo, obtained by Guardian Australia, is reportedly still serving in the Australian Defence Force.
Another photo seen by the publication appears to show two Australian soldiers dancing with the artificial limb. Soldiers would play high-stakes poker games and get drunk on homemade spirits at the SAS bar, despite alcohol being banned for Australian troops.
Photos from 2009 showed the same leg mounted to a wooden board under the heading ‘Das Boot’ alongside a Nazi military decoration.
The fake leg is believed to have been removed from an Afghan amputee who was gunned down during a raid at Kakarak in Uruzgan in April 2009. It was then brought back to the special forces headquarters and toted around by the squadron at all times, according to a former trooper.
Senior ranking officers reportedly knew about the behaviour, and some even took part in it according to some soldiers.
According to one report, Australian soldiers allegedly committed several war crimes in Afghanistan, including the cruel treatment and the murder of 39 Afghan/Taliban prisoners and civilians.