WASHINGTON (AP) - The Defense Department has given administrative punishments to six Army soldiers for burning Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan, and to three Marines for urinating on the corpses of Taliban insurgents. There were no criminal charges.
Discipline against a Navy sailor in the Quran burnings was dismissed. The Marine Corps says it will announce discipline against other Marines in the urination case later.
The two incidents of misconduct, both revealed earlier this year, enraged Afghans, and the Quran burning triggered riots in the street.
The exact punishments were not disclosed. Administrative punishments could include demotions, extra duty, forfeiture of pay, or a letter in their file. They could also stall any future advancement and end their military careers.
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