Centcom Releases Statement Regarding Alleged Misconduct
October 20, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-74
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UPDATE: ALLEGED MISCONDUCT BY U.S. FORCES
KABUL , Afghanistan – The Army Criminal Investigation Division continues its investigation into alleged misconduct by U.S. service members, including the burning of two dead enemy combatant bodies under inappropriate circumstances.
“The inflammatory nature of this allegation raises two pertinent concerns that the command is investigating,” said Army Colonel Jim Yonts, Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan , Public Affairs Officer. “First, the command does not advocate, nor does the command tolerate, the wrongful desecration of anyone’s remains. Second, the use of broadcast messages in conjunction with an act such as this does not represent the values and beliefs of this command therefore necessitating a procedural and policy review.”
“These are very serious allegations and if true, they are reprehensible. If the investigation reveals misconduct those responsible will be held accountable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” he said
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT CFC-A PUBLIC AFFAIRS BY EMAIL AT Kabul-Presscenter@cfc-a.centcom.mil OR BY PHONE AT 070-276-545
If this is true, I find it appaling that anyone in uniform would do this. Much like Abu Graib, it puts our armed forces in a bad light.
That said, I think it is past time for the media and Washington D.C. to get the heck out of the way so that our military can finish the job in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every time I hear about another casualty in the middle east on the evening news, I want to shout "That's WAR!" It's a terrible thing that we have to do. Occasionally, civilians may get harmed in the process. Regretfully, that is the truth in any war.
All this is going to do is add fuel to the Liberal's fire and get more of our soldiers killed.