Report: US soldiers desecrated Taliban bodies

American soldiers in Afghanistan desecrated the bodies of Taliban fighters by burning them in violation of Islamic tradition and then taunted a nearby

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October 20, 2005 05:25
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American soldiers in Afghanistan desecrated the bodies of Taliban fighters by burning them in violation of Islamic tradition and then taunted a nearby village about the act, an Australian television network has reported. The US military said it was investigating the report. The SBS television network broadcast video footage on its respected Dateline current affairs program late Wednesday showing US soldiers burning the bodies of two suspected Taliban fighters in the hills outside the southern village of Gonbaz, near the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. It was not immediately clear when the footage was taken. Another group of soldiers, identified by SBS as being part of the US Army's psychological operations unit, then broadcast taunting messages about the act to the village, which was believed to be harboring Taliban soldiers. "Taliban, you are all cowardly dogs. You allowed your fighters to be laid down facing west and burned. You are too scared to come down and retrieve their bodies. This just proves you are the lady boys we always believed you to be," said one message, read out by a soldier identified by SBS as Sgt. Jim Baker.

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