Panetta apologises for photos
Brussels - Defence secretary Leon Panetta is apologising for newly published photos depicting American soldiers posing with body parts of Afghans militants.
At a news conference after a meeting of Nato foreign and defence ministers in Brussels, Panetta told reporters he "strongly condemns" the behaviour exhibited in the photos and encouraged a strong investigation, which is already under way.
But Panetta also said that in war, young people "can make foolish decisions." He said he is not excusing the behaviour but does not want the incident to bring more harm to US troops in Afghanistan.
The Nato meeting of foreign and defence ministers is to discuss the Afghan war in preparation for an alliance summit meeting to be hosted next month in Chicago by President Barack Obama.