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U.S. Investigates Misconduct Allegation in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2005 – The Army Criminal Investigation Division has begun an investigation into alleged misconduct by U.S. servicemembers, 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 Army 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."

Servicemembers 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 command's 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."

(Courtesy of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan.)

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