The US military said Sunday it has charged two soldiers with assault for allegedly punching two detainees in the chest, shoulders and stomach while they were held at a military base in Afghanistan.
The announcement comes just 10 days after the military launched an investigation into television footage purportedly showing a group of US soldiers burning the bodies of two dead Taliban rebels.
The alleged assault occurred at a base in southern Uruzgan province in early July, US military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara said. Neither detainee required medical attention, a military statement said.
The charges include conspiracy to maltreat, assault, and dereliction of duty. The allegations, if substantiated, could lead to disciplinary action, the statement said.