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Six US soldiers have been disciplined for the incineration in February of up to 100 Korans and other religious texts in Afghanistan, the US military said.

They will not face criminal prosecution over the incident, which sparked rioting that claimed at least 30 lives and saw two US troops shot dead.

The investigation said there was no malicious intent to disrespect Islam.

Three US Marines were also disciplined for a video in which the bodies of dead Taliban fighters were urinated on.

For the Koran burning, the six soldiers face "administrative punishments" that could include measures like reduction of rank, extra duty or forfeiture of pay. They are four officers and two non-commissioned officers.

In the wake of the 20 February incident, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for a public trial of the soldiers involved.

His office told the Associated Press news agency Mr Karzai would review the decisions and respond on Tuesday.

The findings showed that up to 100 Korans and other religious texts - a previously undisclosed figure - had been incinerated at Bagram Air Field, a US air base north of Kabul.

Some 53 Korans and 162 other religious books were recovered from the incinerator. All of these texts had been damaged by fire, and about one-third of them were "slightly damaged", according to the report.

They had been removed from the Parwan Detention Centre amid concerns that detainees were using the books to pass secret messages.

A translator was partly blamed in the report for apparently having suggested that most of the texts were extremist in nature, without instructing American forces how to properly dispose of the books.

The report added that warnings from Afghans, including an Afghan soldier, had been ignored - something the investigation attributed in part to distrust between the US troops and Afghans.

But Brigadier General Bryan Watson, the investigating officer, wrote: "I absolutely reject any suggestion that those involved acted with any malicious intent to disrespect the Koran or defame the faith of Islam."

The investigation's findings came on the same day the US Marine Corps announced its punishment for three servicemen who took part in a video in which the bodies of dead Taliban fighters were urinated on.

Three servicemen pleaded guilty: one to "urinating on the body of a deceased Taliban soldier", another to posing for a photo with human casualties, and a third for lying to investigators.

In the video, someone can be heard saying: "Have a good day, buddy."

Their identities have not been revealed and the Marine Corps said it would provide details of disciplinary actions against them at a later date.----

Source:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19394154


Added: Aug-28-2012 Occurred On: Aug-28-2012
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  • Pissing on muslum corpses??? Tsk, tsk, why can't they be civilized like muslum & just behead the corpses, or drag them through town behind their vehicles, or both.

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    • @Ruffus
      You think every masked man yelling "allah akbar" while chopping off someone is muslim. Ever stopped to think, um this could be a set up to make someone look bad?

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  • I would buy them all a beer.

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  • Shit man, I use it for toilet paper.

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  • Fuck Islam!

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  • Wtf ever... im so tired of these muslims going all apeshit when someon "offends" them. But its ok for them to detest anything thats not islam! And everyone tiptoes around islam.. afraid to upset these animals. Well fuck that and fuck the islamofacists! Its high time we start calling it like it is! Islam is intolerant of ANYTHING that is not related to it! I say fuck em all. Burn every hate breeding koran!

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  • those soldiers r heros!!!!!! everyday should be burn koran day

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    • @T0M65
      It was the American Neocons who started the unjust wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,not the Taliban.
      And no you won't win, it's much more profitable to fight unwinnable wars,winning a war quickly results in low profit margins,and we can't have that now can we.

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    • @T0M65 Exactly.A TRUE anti-war pres would have stopped the war cold!Regardless of fallout.

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  • I burned mine...smelled real nice too

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  • Here's a clue.Our troops are sick of watching punk males beat,kill,torture their own females,families,and dogs.(We Americans LOVE dogs,not sorry if that offends you,my culture IS superior,actions-not words!)And we're stopping them.However,we have deep plants in our military and government,who are acquiescing to islam,we KNOW how that happened.

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  • Thank you obHamas, the great mufti of the white house

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  • Dumbshit assholes. They were wastefully burning perfectly good toilet paper!

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  • Pissing on dead people is horrible, they should be disciplined for that the fucking animals.

    Burning books, well... so what? Grow up, who cares if you are offended? Ignorant fools instigating a riot that results in 30 deaths is the truely shamefull action in this story.

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  • you are allowed to blow them to bits, piece by piece, but dont piss on their dead bodies,, who makes these stupid rules and who fucking cares?

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    • @wormhole
      Your nation disrespect the ME people during decades, bringing trouble, supporting dictatorial regims, forcing criminal boycotts, creating chaos, supporting Israel, etc.

      The right thing to do is joining the people that want peace, call for a impeachment on these stupid politicians that support wars and start the support for new peace/diplomatic politics.

      The USA commit crimes and someone seek vengeance, they play the victims.
      This need to change.

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    • @Anthrax BR agreed!

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    • @Anthrax BR

      they don't want peace, just a place to pray and fester in quest to destroy everything you take for granted everyday. do us all a favor and snort some anthrax.

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    • @Anthrax BR Wrong!Take it to the British,from 1870-1918.

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  • War does crazy things with your brains.

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  • by punished they mean they were yelled at and told that if they do it again make sure nobody is filming it

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  • What that is doing is giving them a reason to unite and plan out more attacks.

    As much as i dont care for the religion "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer"

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  • Six US soldiers have been disciplined. Whahahaha so pissing on corpses and burning bibles and korans is normall but have some weed in your car is evil. lol America is so fucking great. ^^

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  • these ragheads has to take a chill pill over the Koran..you know how many churchs were burnt in the middle east since the 1900....45.....how many temples destroyed by catholics because of religious reasons...0.......how can the US troop trust their ANA with a weapon?..they dont know the AK they are carrying be turned against them....thats why are military targets arent revealed to ANA because the fear of ambushes.....

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  • Your punishment is a ticket home out of this wasted hellhole

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  • they urinating to koran but they are going to be saudi's guard dog.

    how ironic.

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