Afghanistan: 2 US soldiers charged with assault

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.