October 20, 2005

Images of the burnings in Afghanistan.

Yesterday, posted at Magpie about the airing by the Australian news program Dateline of a video showing US soldiers burning the bodies of Taliban dead in Afghanistan. The bodies were burned facing Mecca, and the troops taunted Taliban supporters in a nearby village as the bodies burned.

The Muslims faith holds that a body must be buried within 24 hours of death, so the burnings are not going to win the US any friends in Islamic countries. In addition, the burnings violate the Geneva Conventions, which require that the bodies of people killed in a war 'should be honourable, and, if possible, according to the rites of the religion to which the deceased belonged.'

So far, none of the stories we've seen online have included any images of the burnings. Admittedly, the video that Dateline aired is grisly, but so were the ones from Abu Ghraib. Nonetheless, news editors seem to have decided [at least initially] that the public doesn't need to see the pictures of what the US soldiers did. And, interestingly, the video of yesterday's Dateline program, which aired the pictures of the burnings, has been removed from the program's website.

When we posted yesterday, we included a poor-resolution screen grab from the Dateline program — not having the foresight to download the whole program. Luckily, we've located additional screen grabs that are of higher quality than the one in our earlier post. We're including the less graphic one below:

US soldiers watch Taliban bodies burn

US soldiers desecrate Taliban dead in Afghanistan. [Image: Stephen Dupont]

You can see a larger version of this image here.

We also have a more graphic image that you can view here and [in a larger version] here. The caption on the image is what one of the soldiers was saying as he watched the bodies burn.

You'll find more details on the story, including links to Dateline, in our earlier post at Magpie.

Posted by Magpie at October 20, 2005 12:26 PM | War on Terrorism | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم / أقول حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل ، أسأل الله القهار رب العرش الكريم أن ينتقم لكل مظلوم من المسلمين والمسلمات الذين تعرضوا للظلم من الحكومة الأمريكية وما عداها من الحكومات الأخرى ، وأسأله تعالى أن يريهم عجائب قدرته ، إنه سميع مجيب ،،،

Posted by: Ahmed Ali at October 21, 2005 11:31 PM

US army Today is yours
but wait till tommorow and u ll know who r the muslims
and how will allah defend us and revenge from you
enemy of ALLAH The Geatest
you will see
Bush You Will See

Posted by: Mohamed Ali Mohamed at October 26, 2005 04:53 PM

You'll cry someday
I swear .. you'll die like him ..

But, in your country!!

Muslims are not toys.

Enemy of Allah = Enemy of Islam

Posted by: wait4us at October 26, 2005 09:48 PM

You know, we share your offense over this and consider these actions to be shameful to this country. But it's wrong to make threats like this or act as if every American was responsible for this behavior.

I've been looking at the traffic lately, much of which is coming from middle eastern countries, and I'd bet there are things your governments have done that you would rather I didn't blame any of you personally for. It isn't my place to tell you how angry you should be over the actions of the US government, but the citizens of any two countries probably have more in common with each other than they do with their respective governments. Encouraging violence against each other only makes things worse and plays into the hands of the powerful and unscrupulous, because we are all truly diminished by the deaths of others. We are each others keepers and I admonish you to remember how often the word peace is spoken in greeting and blessing, to remember that all our faiths followed in love have peace as their highest goal.

Just yesterday an American wrote in the comments to another post where I listed the American and Iraqi war dead totals to say that those deaths somehow shouldn't matter to me. Today I go back to this post and read comments from people who say they'd like to see me dead. There will be no winning, for anyone, in the midst of all this hatred.

Salaam Alaykum.

Posted by: natasha at October 30, 2005 10:27 AM

A very tragedy the humiliation of the dead in that way ...!! The God combated them

Posted by: strange at October 31, 2005 01:39 PM

لاحول ولا قوة إلا بالله مأساة جدّا إهانة الميت بهذه الطريقة ...!! قاتلهم الله
أسأل الله القهار رب العرش الكريم أن ينتقم لكل مظلوم من المسلمين والمسلمات الذين تعرضوا للظلم من الحكومة الأمريكية

Posted by: strange at October 31, 2005 01:44 PM

really i dont like these pic and you now whats all behiend this its wahabeah behiend all this killing they are so bad peopole and they think other religones are bad and like them honestly we sufer from them all the time in iraq and every where and ask the peopole in saudia arabia you will find the write answer >> her in iraq wahabeh came from ksa to mess up every thing and came from all country around ksa such this faget zarqawee killing se3ah humman beigen

Posted by: hussain alyami at November 1, 2005 10:22 PM

لعنة الله عليكم يا وهابيه انتم سبب الخراب والتفرقه ولعنة الله عليكم وعلى زرقاويكم وبن لادنكم يا حثالة واوطى مخلوقات البشريه

Posted by: hussain alyami at November 1, 2005 10:24 PM

no one can honestly say that muslims are terrorists because the real terrorists is BUSH and the americans. How can someone come into someone else's country and kill the innocent people and their children.. what would you do if someone was to come into your own house and want to take ownership?? you would fight and defend for your rights.. where is the justice there?? How is this fair?
America might have the power now but allah's power is stronger.
The media is to blame for all this agony towards islam as they only show whats happening to the americans and not the actual truth of what they are doing to the iraqi people and their families.Burning,raping,chopping arms and legs amd so many other disturbing harsh acts.

Posted by: ben at November 7, 2005 03:34 AM

لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم
هذا ابتلاء قد ابتلي به عامة المسلمين بل والعالم اجمعين
حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل

Posted by: om mdhi at November 9, 2005 05:09 PM