U.S. Military Probe of Koran Burning finds 5 US troops responsible – Afghans demand trial

Oh sh!t, here we go…. 

PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan — Military investigators have concluded that five U.S. service members were involved in the incineration of a pile of Korans in Afghanistan last week, according to U.S. military officials who have been briefed on the inquiry.

The burning of the Muslim holy books — which U.S. officials say was accidental — incited a week of protests that left 30 Afghans dead. The burnings also were cited as motivation for at least some of the six fatal attacks on U.S. military personnel that have occurred in Afghanistan in the past eight days.

Investigators appointed by Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, found that the service members removed the Korans from a prison at Bagram air base after they were discovered to contain extremist messages.

The books were then placed in an office for safekeeping, according to the inquiry. But they were mistaken for garbage and taken to a landfill on the base.

Afghan employees identified the books as Korans just as the pages caught fire, a major desecration according to Muslim teachings. The discovery led to a week of unprecedented tension between U.S. and Afghan military officials.

U.S. military officials said that although the five service members will be reprimanded, it is unlikely that their names will be released or that their punishment will approach the severity of what some Afghans are demanding, including trial in an Islamic court.

“For the soldiers, it will be serious — they could lose rank. But you’re not going to see the kind of public trial that some here seem to want,” said one U.S. military official.

Another military official said: “What they did was careless, but there was no ill will.”

The much-discussed investigation was intended to quell unrest and prove to the Afghan public that U.S. officials were both apologetic and willing to make amends for wrongdoing.

But U.S. military officials expressed concern that the investigation’s finding — which stops short of pinning blame on malevolent service members — might not satisfy Afghan leaders who have have publicly demanded harsh retribution.

Senior Afghan clerics, in a statement issued after a meeting with President Hamid Karzai, said: “This evil action cannot be forgiven by apologizing. The perpetrators of the mentioned crime should be put on a public trial as soon as possible.”

The clerics reiterated calls for the U.S.-led NATO coalition to relinquish control of military prisons to the Afghan government. “This incident was caused due to the illegal management of the prison,” the clerics said, according to a translation of their statement provided by the U.S. military. The clerics said they strongly urged “the suspension of all prisons and the transfer of all prisoners to the Afghan government so that in the future similar incidents do not happen.”

NATO spokesman Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings declined to comment on the findings of the military inquiry, saying it was “still going through the legal process.” A separate Afghan investigation, which is being conducted by lawmakers and religious officials, is expected to conclude in several days. U.S. military officials worry that if the Afghan investigation clashes with their own findings, it could reinvigorate demonstrators whose anger has appeared to fade this week.  (read article)

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19 Responses to U.S. Military Probe of Koran Burning finds 5 US troops responsible – Afghans demand trial

  1. barnslayer says:

    One small step closer to placing our troops under UN command. One large step towards bringing back the draft. Punishing troops for doing their job (just like what happened with the Border Patrol). Disgusting!

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  2. Menagerie says:

    The official response to this from the top down to every citizen better be – Come Get Some you terrorist bastards.

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  3. For the Record I don’t think these soldiers did anything wrong and even losing rank seems a little too reactive and unreasonable to me. 😦

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    • Absolutely! But so help me, if there is a public show trial to appease these bastards, I’m driving to Washington to buy as many damn Korans as I can get my hands on.

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      • I’m dead serious about what follows: If the military, the administration, or the political complex of any, and I do mean ANY, persuasion sets about to conduct any tribunal or trial for this incident I will drive my angry a$$ to that venue and park myself on the steps with buckets of tar and feathers. I’m not kidding in the least.

        This crap ain’t the least bit sensible. They, meaning the political and industrial military complex of civillian and military leaders, have totally chased themselves into the rabbit hole THEY CREATED and cannot even remotely find common sense.

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  4. Solaratov says:

    Odd, but the first story that came out was that the officer in charge had asked an Afghan rep what the proper procedure was to destroy the korans that had the messages written in them….and he was told to BURN THEM!
    NOW…the story has been changed so that some REMF officer doesn’t get HIS balls in a wringer……but some enlisted scum gets hung out to dry.
    There doesn’t seem to be a lot of difference between the ‘new’ army and the old army, in that respect. :Evil:

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  5. Scott Conley says:

    If the koran is so damn precious to the muslims then why are they desicrating them by writing in them ? As a child I was brought up in the church and was taught never to write in the bible ! The gutless little pricks were caught passing messages by writing them in the korans , thinking that we wouldn’t be smart enough to look there. Well tough shit ….. and what about all the other religous texy of different nations that these freaks burn in protesting about the nasty infidels , those are just books and have no meaning to us !! BullCrap… it is what it is, and if they don’t like it then stop send your little jihad warriors over here to bomb us.

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  6. ZurichMike says:

    No outrage about these defiled Korans, is there?

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  7. Avram says:

    Presumably, the people in charge are permitting themselves to be gamed by the musloids because they’re desperately trying to keep their eyes on the ball; i.e., getting Barack Hussein reelected. And to do that, they want to announce an agreement with the Taliban and withdrawal of U.S. troops asap. Kind of like what’s happening in Iraq. Removing U.S. troops would have the added advantage of getting them out of harms way in case DearLeader decides it’s in HIS best interests to attack Iran. None of this has anything to do with a strategy toward the Islamdom designed to serve real U.S. national interests. (In my opinion, neither Bush nor Dear Leader have offered to the American people a serious, coherent strategy. ) Appeasing these barbarians’ bullying is pouring kerosene on a fire. But, on second thought, in our Leader’s mind, we have so much to apologize for, so much to be guilty about, that we need to keep apologizing and apologizing, appeasing and appeasing….because THEY are right to be ANGRY with US, and the American people need to learn to be ashamed and apologetic. This is the regime’s mindset.

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  8. Gino says:

    Okay! The torch has been lit by our Presdent with the apology to the Afghan people for the burning of the Korans.While he chose to bow his head once more to Muslems he failed to offer a realistic reason for offering the apology which did nothing to calm the Afghan people and only insited the American people further.Compounding the situation once more is the United Nations and there adviocating trials for those responsible for the burning of the Koran.Obviously, the United States has a misguided diplomatic mission in propering the rights of the Muslem people over the rights of the American servicemen whom as result of the Koran burning have lost there lives.Where is the repect for these people? Where is the apology for lives lost by Afghans President and/or it’s people?You see there are none and there won’t be for this situation is nothing more than a basis for pressuring the United Stateas once more as a means of paying retribution to the thieves that are Afghans President and it’s Diplomats.Apparently, the paper on which the Korans are published on are far more valuable than the American servicemens lives or so Mr. Obamas actions would have us believe.

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