U.S. Marines, Army soldiers disciplined over Afghan incidents
A screen grab from a YouTube video shows US Marines urinating on corpses of dead Taliban fighters. At least three of the Marines were punished Monday for their role in the incident.
August 27th, 2012
05:35 PM ET

U.S. Marines, Army soldiers disciplined over Afghan incidents

By Larry Shaughnessy

Nine Marines and Army soldiers have been disciplined for their roles in separate incidents in Afghanistan that inflamed anti-American sentiment and, in one case, triggered mass protests that killed four U.S. troops and more than a dozen Afghans.

Those punished are all likely to lose their military careers.

Three Marines were disciplined for their role in a videotaped incident that showed four Marines urinating on the corpse of a Taliban fighter in July of last year, the Marine Corps said in a statement.

The incident did not come to light publicly until this past January.

The three non-commissioned officers pleaded guilty to a variety of violations of Marine Corps regulations, the statement said.

Consequences could include a reduction in rank, restriction to a base, extra duties, forfeiture of pay, a reprimand, or a combination of those measures, the statement said.

An announcement concerning punishment for the fourth Marine in the video and perhaps others is expected later.

Separately, CNN learned from U.S. Army spokesman that six Army soldiers today were give "adverse administrative actions" for their role in the burning of Qurans and other religious materials. Spokesman George Wright said four were officers and two are senior enlisted soldiers.

Documents released Monday by Central Command said that more than 100 Qurans, as well as other religious materials, were partially or totally burned last before the mistake was discovered.

The materials had been seized from detainees in a facility in Afghanistan and were said to have contained extremist writings.

The burnings last February, which U.S. military leaders called a mistake and apologized over, triggered violent protests in Afghanistan that killed at least four American service members and more than a dozen Afghans.

Like the Marines, the soldiers' punishments were non-judicial but will also likely end their careers.

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