Punishment Recommended For Troops Who Burned Koran
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Six U.S. soldiers and one sailor are facing disciplinary action for their role in accidentally burning Korans at a military base - an event that sparked violent protests in Afghanistan.
The Washington Post reports military investigators have recommended administrative discipline for the seven troops. No criminal charges will be filed.
It's now up to Army and Navy officials to decide whether or not to punish the Koran-burning service members.
Some background: The seven service members apparently misinterpreted an order when they removed Korans from a storage area and disposed of them in a burn pit at Bagram Airfield. The Korans had been confiscated from prisoners at Parwan Detention Facility, supposedly because detainees had written extremist messages inside them.
Muslims consider burning the Koran to be a desecration of their holy book, according to the Post.
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