U.S. to Discipline Nine Soldiers in Afghan Incidents


WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is expected to discipline nine service members on Monday in connection with two incidents that sparked widespread outrage in Afghanistan, including the burning of copies of the Quran at one of the country’s largest military bases.

The punishment, which doesn’t include criminal charges or jail time, falls far short of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s calls for a public trial, and it remains unclear how Afghan officials and the broader public will respond to decisions that could be viewed as relatively lenient.

In addition to the incident of the burning of copies of the Quran, service members will face discipline in connection with a video of four Marines urinating on dead militants.

A military investigation of the Quran burning found that six U.S. soldiers at Bagram Airfield were “derelict in their duties” when they sent boxes of Qurans and other religious books to a base landfill for incineration in late February, according to two U.S. military officials.

While the military concluded that there was no ill-intent on the part of the American soldiers, the investigation also determined that they didn’t follow proper procedure when they ordered the destruction of the prison library books, officials said. read more:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444230504577613823943708882.html?mod=googlenews_wsj