US troops face punishment over Quran burning, urination video


The US military is expected to announce disciplinary action in response to two incidents that provoked outrage in Afghanistan early this year, one over a video depicting Marines urinating on corpses and another involving burning of copies of the holy Quran, US officials said. The US army was expected to announce that six soldiers would receive administrative punishments over an incident in which copies of the holy Quran and other religious material were removed from a prison library and sent to an incinerator to be destroyed, a US official said on condition of anonymity. The incident in February touched off several days of rioting and attacks on US troops after local workers found charred copies of the holy Quran among trash at the incinerator at the Bagram base north of Kabul.