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Afghan government: US punishment for corpse burning 'very lenient'

[JURIST] Afghanistan's government said Monday that it believed the US military's punishment [JURIST report] for four American soldiers who burned the bodies of two Taliban rebels [JURIST report] was "very lenient." The US military said Saturday that the soldiers, who were caught on camera, would face disciplinary action but not criminal charges because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns. The bodies had been lying exposed on a hilltop for 24 hours in up to 90 degree weather and were quickly decomposing. The soldiers, however, were reportedly boasting about the incident and using it to taunt other Taliban rebels. Islam bans cremations, but burning bodies over hygienic concerns does not violate of the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War [ICRC materials]. Afghan officials have completed a separate probe into the incident, but those findings have not yet been released. AP has more.

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