The US military has launched a criminal investigation into alleged misconduct by its troops in Afghanistan, including burning the bodies of Taleban fighters. The move came after an Australian TV station ran footage of what appeared to be US soldiers burning the remains.
The act of burning corpses is regarded as a sacrilege in Islam.
The SBS television footage begins with a warning of disturbing scenes, particularly for Muslim viewers.
It opens with shots of an American PsyOps unit using loud pop music to try to flush out the Taleban – who banned music when they ruled the country.
The most shocking footage in the film shows the corpses of two presumed Taleban fighters laid out facing Mecca and then being burned in what the reporter, John Martinkus, describes as a “deliberate desecration of Muslim beliefs”.
Later footage shows two US soldiers reading from a notebook messages which they said had already been broadcast to villagers.
“Attention Taleban you are cowardly dogs,” the message reads. “You allowed your fighters to be laid down facing West and burnt. You are too scared to retrieve their bodies. This just proves you are the ladyboys we always believed you to be.”
A Pentagon spokesman said that, if true, the claims would be “very troublesome”…