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    Film Rolls As US Troops Burn Dead Taliban By Tom Allard Sydney Morning Herald 10-19-5 http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/film-rolls-as-troops
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      Film Rolls As US Troops Burn Dead Taliban
      By Tom Allard
      Sydney Morning Herald
      10-19-5
      http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/film-rolls-as-troops
      -burn-dead/2005/10/18/1129401256154.html


      US soldiers in Afghanistan burnt the bodies of dead Taliban and
      taunted their opponents about the corpses, in an act deeply offensive
      to Muslims and in breach of the Geneva conventions.

      An investigation by SBS's Dateline program, to be aired tonight,
      filmed the burning of the bodies.

      It also filmed a US Army psychological operations unit broadcasting a
      message boasting of the burnt corpses into a village believed to be
      harbouring Taliban.

      According to an SBS translation of the message, delivered in the local
      language, the soldiers accused Taliban fighters near Kandahar of being
      "cowardly dogs". "You allowed your fighters to be laid down facing
      west and burnt. You are too scared to retrieve their bodies. This just
      proves you are the lady boys we always believed you to be," the
      message reportedly said.

      "You attack and run away like women. You call yourself Taliban but you
      are a disgrace to the Muslim religion, and you bring shame upon your
      family. Come and fight like men instead of the cowardly dogs you are."
      The burning of a body is a deep insult to Muslims. Islam requires
      burial within 24 hours.

      Under the Geneva conventions the burial of war dead "should be
      honourable, and, if possible, according to the rites of the religion
      to which the deceased belonged".

      US soldiers said they burnt the bodies for hygiene reasons but two
      reporters, Stephen Dupont and John Martinkus, said the explanation was
      unbelievable, given they were in an isolated area.

      SBS said Australian special forces in Afghanistan were operating from
      the same base as the US soldiers involved in the incident, although no
      Australians took part in the action.

      The incident is reminiscent of the psychological techniques used in
      Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

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