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US, Afghans Investigate Alleged Desecration of Bodies By US Soldiers

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The U.S. military and Afghan government are investigating allegations that American soldiers in Afghanistan burned the bodies of two dead Taleban fighters and then used the act to taunt other Islamic militants. On Thursday, the U.S. Central Command called the allegations inflammatory, but said the actions are "reprehensible" if they occurred. It said commanders do not tolerate the desecration of any person's remains. The U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division says if the allegations are true, those responsible will be held to account. The Afghan Defense Ministry has said it will conduct a separate investigation. An Australian television network (the Special Broadcasting Service) aired video late Wednesday that purportedly shows U.S. soldiers burning the bodies on October first, outside a village (Gonbaz) near the former Taleban stronghold of Kandahar. The soldiers also were alleged to have broadcast messages calling the Taleban "cowardly dogs" to a village that was believed to be harboring Taleban fighters. A U.S. Islamic civil rights group (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) has called for a thorough review of U.S. military policies and training related to personnel in Muslim countries.
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