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Military Commanders Warned To Get Troops In Line

WASHINGTON (AP) - From tasteless photos to urinating on dead insurgents, bad behavior by U.S. troops in Afghanistan is hampering America's war effort in Afghanistan, triggering a broad new campaign by defense leaders to improve discipline in the ranks.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to remind U.S. forces Friday that they are representing the American people and they must behave up to military standards.

Panetta will speak to soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. His remarks are expected to reflect recent talks by the Army and Marine Corps chiefs telling their commanders to get their troops in line.

The service leaders say they recognize that part of the problem may be leadership stumbles by the young officers who have shouldered much of the burden of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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