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Thursday, October 20, 2005 

One Step Forward (Iraqi Constitution), Two Steps Back (US Burned Bodies)

Just when things are looking up in Iraq, someone steps in it again.

(Breitbart) The U.S. military said Wednesday it was investigating a report carried on an Australian television network that claimed American soldiers in Afghanistan burned the bodies of two Taliban fighters and then used the action to taunt other Islamic militants.

Shortly after the bodies were burned, the soldiers from the psychological operations unit allegedly read out taunting messages about the act over a loudspeaker to the nearby village, according to a transcript of the program.

"Taliban, you are all cowardly dogs. You allowed your fighters to be laid down facing west and burned. You are too scared to come down and retrieve their bodies," said one message read by a soldier, according to the transcript.

One step forward, two steps back. Couldn’t you just have burned some wood instead? Did you really have to do something that will piss off ALL Muslims?