Pentagon Worries Urinating Photo Could Endanger Peace Talks
Pentagon officials are concerned that a photo of Marines urinating on Taliban corpses could hurt talks with that group. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is mindful of the fallout.
Panetta also said the incident could endanger the prospects for peace talks, although the Obama administration and the Taliban each voiced readiness Thursday to try negotiations while pledging to carry on the military conflict until their rival objectives are met. The separate statements by senior American and Taliban officials illustrated the improved environment for Afghan reconciliation efforts as well as the daunting task ahead.