US troops to face punishment over Afghanistan incidents

WASHINGTON - The US military is expected to announce disciplinary action on Monday in response to two incidents that provoked outrage in Afghanistan early this year, one over a video depicting Marines urinating on corpses and another involving burning copies of the Koran, US officials said.
The Army was expected to announce that six soldiers would receive administrative punishments over an incident in which copies of the Koran and other religious material were removed from a prison library and sent to an incinerator to be destroyed, a US official said on condition of anonymity.
The Koran burning came a month after Marines were shown in a video urinating on the bodies of what appeared to be dead Taliban fighters. Disciplinary action in that case also was expected to be announced on Monday against three Marines who pleaded guilty, another official said.
The incidents have complicated NATO efforts to win the trust of the people as they attempt to train Afghan forces to take control of security for the country ahead of a 2014 withdrawal of most foreign combat troops.
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