‘Six U.S. Army soldiers and three Marines escaped criminal charges but received administrative punishments for mistakenly burning Qurans and urinating on the corpses of Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said Monday.
The two incidents, revealed earlier this year, hurt relations with Afghans. U.S. military leaders widely condemned the incidents. The Qur’an burning triggered riots and retribution killings, including two U.S. troops who were shot by an Afghan soldier and two U.S. military advisers who were gunned down at their desks at the Interior Ministry.
The soldiers were disciplined for the burning of Qurans earlier this year at a U.S. base in Afghanistan, and the Marines were punished for their participation in a video that showed them urinating on Taliban corpses.’