The Reuters website reports today (June 20, 2012) that U.S. soldiers involved in burning copies of the Koran in Afghanistan may face only administrative discipline -- a move that could deepen frustration among Afghans seeking more serious punishment for a series of public American missteps there this year.
A U.S. official -- speaking on condition of anonymity -- said today that an investigation into the February incident on a NATO military base near Kabul concluded with recommendations for administrative action for the military personnel involved.
Such action might be a written reprimand or docked pay -- but not job loss or criminal charges -- the official said. U.S. military officials have not yet announced any final decisions on the recommendations.
Nazir Ahmad Hanafi -- a member of Afghanistan's Ulema Council of Clerics who also took part in an initial joint Afghan-U.S. probe into the incident -- said he favored a more severe punishment, possibly even life in prison. "Otherwise, it will inflame public opinion," he said.