Probe finds US troops burned up to 100 Qurans

A US military investigation has determined that US troops burned up to 100 Qurans and other religious materials in Afghanistan during a February incident that led to deadly riots and strained relations between the two countries.

Six soldiers are to receive administrative punishments over the incident, which the investigation concluded was due to factors that included a lack of trust between Americans and Afghans. Still, the investigation found no malicious intent to disrespect Islam by those involved.

The US military said it was disciplining troops over two incidents, one involving a video depicting Marines urinating on corpses, and another over burning Qurans.

But the administrative punishments fell short of criminal prosecution and it was unclear whether they would satisfy Afghan demands for justice.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai branded the Marine’s actions in the video as “inhuman”, and he initially called for a public trial for the soldiers over the Quran incident.

The military did not disclose precise punishments for the troops but Army and Marine Corps spokesmen said they fell into a category that includes administrative sanctions, like a reduction in rank or forfeiture of pay.

The Marine Corps announced three Marines had pleaded guilty to charges over the video.


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