Five US soldiers ignited Quran burning fury, DOD inquiry finds
The Defense Department's review of the Quran burning incident on Feb. 20 that touched off a firestorm of protests across Afghanistan has found that five soldiers were responsible for the incident, The Washington Post is reporting.
While U.S. military and civilian leaders have apologized for the act, the desecration triggered a wave of demonstrations that left about 30 Afghans dead. It also led to the deaths of six U.S. servicemembers stationed in Afghanistan, including two officers working in the Afghan Interior Ministry.
Many observers wondered how the U.S. military and its personnel could allow this happen after more than a decade in Afghanistan. How could uniformed personnel not know that you don't intentionally incinerate the Quran?
The Post reports that military officials have said the five soliders face reprimands but not to the level that some Afghans are advocating, which is a public trial. Officials also indicated it is unlikely the soldiers' names will be disclosed.