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U.S. troops escape criminal charges for desecrating corpses, burning Koran

(Xinhua)

09:30, August 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. military officials said on Monday that several U.S. troops received punishment but escaped criminal prosecution for involvement in scandals of desecrating corpses and burning copies of Koran in Afghanistan, which provoked huge anger in Afghanistan earlier this year.

The U.S. military on Monday said six Army soldiers received administrative punishments for involvement in incidents in which copies of the Koran and other religious materials were removed from a prison library and sent to flames.

The U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command confirmed three Marines were disciplined on Monday for their roles in the desecration of enemy corpses in Afghanistan. A video posted on- line in January showed Marines urinating on corpses of Taliban soldiers around July of 2011, during a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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