Thursday, October 20, 2005

Centcom: "We do not condone mistreatment"

I don't have a lot of details at the moment and I'm looking for more now, but there's a story running around that some US servicemen in Afghanistan might have inappropriately burned the bodies of some Taliban elements they'd killed. Again, I don't have details yet. Centcom apparently feels the story is serious enough to investigate:

::::::::BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Army Criminal Investigation Division has initiated an investigation into alleged misconduct by U.S. service members, including the burning of dead enemy combatant bodies under inappropriate circumstances.

"This command takes all allegations of misconduct or inappropriate behavior seriously and has directed an investigation into circumstances surrounding this allegation," said Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya, Combined Joint Task Force-76 Commander. "If the allegation is substantiated, the appropriate course of action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and corrective action will be taken."

Service members are expected to abide by the highest standards of behavior and the law, he said.

"This command does not condone the mistreatment of enemy combatants or the desecration of their religious and cultural beliefs," Kamiya said.

"This alleged action is repugnant to our common values, is contrary to our commands approved tactical operating procedures, and is not sanctioned by this command. Our efforts to thoroughly investigate this allegation are a reflection of our commitment to the Government of Afghanistan and the Afghan people."

Good. Investigate. And, if true, prosecute the idiots to the full extent of military law. If not, let's hear that, too.