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U.S. Soldiers

Life Among the Weeds

in Afghanistan

3/8/2012 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

US Soldiers in marijuana fields
Life isn't all bad for our heroes in uniform in Afghanistan ... especially when they encounter MASSIVE marijuana fields as these photos show ... but we've learned these photos have triggered a military investigation.

A bunch of guys who appear to be soldiers whipped out their cameras ... and their weapons ... and posed for a bunch of pics while out on patrol in Kabul recently.

No word on the identity of the soldiers ... or when the pics were taken. Note -- the photos DO NOT show any of the soldiers smoking the weed, but there is a shot of the guys decorating the inside of their vehicle with cannabis leaves.

We spoke to U.S. Army officials ... who tell us the situation is "being looked into" ... noting, "The U.S. military takes allegations of drug possession, transfer, distribution, and use very seriously."

The Army also notes that Afghan anti-drug units, aided by international security forces, have resulted in a tremendous increase in drug seizures over the past year.

Ironically, the baseball caps 2 of the soldiers are wearing are as problematic as the weed. Soldiers caught wearing non-military issue headgear can get in big trouble.

Remember kids, just say no.

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16.

Dutchguy    

They grow weed to give people a good time.
You grow weapons to kill people.
I prefer them!!

927 days ago
17.

Saints fan    

WTF Harvey!!! Are you going to run and tattle like a little pu$$y to the DOD every time you see a soldier doing something you don't like?!?!? They were taking pictures of a field full of marijuana, something you don't normally see in the states, so whats the big deal? Why don't you let the real men do their jobs and leave them alone? What they are doing is much more important than anything you've ever done so just STFU!

927 days ago
18.

snowcat    

They weren't posing with marijuana plants,they were taking pics to send to family of the beautiful sunflowers in Afghanistan.They just happen to be surrounded by pot plants. LOL!

927 days ago
19.

keepingitreal    

Soldiers in a foreign country in danger of being killed everyday and all we worry about here is if they stand in a weed field. Ridiculous! Who cares if they have on a baseball cap? tomorrow they might be in a coffin. Some of these critics need to take their a**** and see if they even keep their sanity. Enough already.

927 days ago
20.

mike    

This is your big story? these kind of pics have been around for years; pics of soldiers among poppy fields cannabis plants. Jesus talk about taking old news and making a new stink about it. OMG Soilders surrounded by illegal plants. If their job is eradication so what its just a photo. Better photos surrounded by it than caught smoking it (which isn't anything new in the military) IT's a naturally growing plant. Looks like TMZ is just trying to embarrass poor soldiers risking their lives by taking a non-issue and blowing it up to proportions I thought only Fox was capable of (OMG Violent Video Games for Kids!)

God in Todays politcally correct climate you can't turn around without thinking twice. Leave them alone and let them be adults who serve our country. They already get enough bad press without you guys making a stupid issue of photos surrounded by illegal plants into a REAL issue. Police Officers take photos of themselves with the cache of narcotics they catch why not soldiers in a battlefield? Ugh...Tmz yet again trolling for reactions with a NON-ISSUE that is brought up to fish for a stink. TMZ go back to celebs and leave those men and women who protect our country alone; they catch enough flack without your help. These are young men and women who serve us. My heart goes out to those soldiers fighting for us and have to deal with this and more.

Wanna take a photo of yourselves doing your job? Decorate your tank/jeep with a harmless garland of cannabis be my guess! Harmless and doesn't hurt anyone. It's hard enough doing their jobs without stupid stories like this intended to put them in a bad light.

927 days ago
21.

Joan K    

All I can say is I thank each and every soldier over there fighting for our freedom and TMZ, you are a bunch of A HOLES!

927 days ago
22.

melissa b    

Really? Who cares? Let them be. Unless they're seen peeing on someone or raping them or something like let them freaking be. I wouldn't blame them one bit if they smoked a jo1nt. Why does it seem you guys are always showing pics of our guys to make them look bad? Why don't you show them pics of them protecting little kids in Iraq and Afgan.???? Or helping someone out, which I know they do too.

927 days ago
23.

DUH!    

Don't think you have a big scoop here, pretty sure those are private security forces not active military.

927 days ago
24.

Jen    

If this is the biggest "offense" that they've done while in a situation that most of us will, luckily, never be in then who really cares. They look really young so are probably just a few years out of high school. They have been thrown into a dangerous situation where they might not know from one day to the next if they will even live or if their friends will live. They, and the countless other service members, help give us the freedoms that most of us take for granted. Was it a bit of a poor judgement to take pictures like that? Sure, but again these are young people in a war zone so let them blow off a little steam.

927 days ago
25.

Dani    

Take me down to the Paradise City, where the grass is green and the girls are rare...

927 days ago
26.

jmo    

this is a clear case of letting kids in the military!

927 days ago
27.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

damn I want to go over there and serve my country..yessss I do

927 days ago
28.

tgrfan42069    

y doesnt tmz cover the fact that obama wants to use tax payers money to pay people who buy the joke car the chevy volt? funny tmz will attack conserves and soldiers yet only stories they run on obama is his horrible singing skills

927 days ago
29.

Heidi    

WTF HARVEY !!! I CAN'T BELEIVE THAT YOU INDEED POSTED THIS!! ARE YOU THAT DESPERATE THAT YOU HAVE TO LOWER YOURSELF TO POST NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT 'OUR MILITARY'?? HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN, THAT WITHOUT 'OUR MILITARY' PROTECTING US & OUR COUNTRY, 'YOU' WOULDN'T EVEN HAVE THE FREEDOM TO POST THIS TELL TALE CRAP!! SO WHAT IF THEY 'ACTUALLY' DID INDULGE A LITTLE, THEY'RE OVER THERE BEING SHOT AT, CAPTURED, TORTURED & KILLED & FOR WHAT? SO THAT PEOPLE LIKE 'YOU, HARVEY' CAN SIT BACK, REAP THE BENIFITS OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH & LOWER YOUR STANDARDS TO DISRESPECTING & CREATING MORE PROBLEMS FOR THE SAME SOLDIERS THAT KEEP YOU SAFE!!! OBVIOUSLY, YOU DON'T GIVE A S### THAT BY YOU POSTING THESE PHOTOS & YOUR ARTICLE FOR GAINING ATTENTION FOR YOURSELF THAT YOU HAVE & WILL ONLY CREATE SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR 'OUR SOLDIERS & MILITARY' !! I NEVER THOUGHT 'YOU, HARVEY' WOULD GO THIS LOW BUT YOU DID....

927 days ago
30.

dd    

LEAVE THEM ALONE TMZ!!!

927 days ago
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