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
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."
[PsyOp calls Taliban "girly men". -d.c. ]