`German Chancellor Angela Merkel called photos of German soldiers in Afghanistan playing with a skull “shocking and disgusting,” and Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung said those involved will be dealt with harshly.
One image was published on the cover of the national tabloid Bild, under the words “Schock Fotos.”
In the picture, a soldier seems to be slightly smirking as he poses with the skull in his raised right hand. A black banner covers his face.
Other images show the skull displayed like an off-center hood ornament on the front of a jeep. Another picture shows a soldier holding the skull near his exposed penis.’