KABUL, Afghanistan - Any abuses by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are "totally unacceptable," the United Nations said Monday after allegations emerged that American troops had burned the remains of Taliban fighters, then used the scene for propaganda purposes.
Asked at a press conference about the alleged desecration, U.N. spokesman Adrian Edwards read a statement issued by the world body in May amid claims at the time that U.S. troops had abused Afghans in detention.
"Such abuses are totally unacceptable," he said. "They are an affront to the work of the international community in Afghanistan."
He said that at a later stage he would comment in more detail about television footage purportedly showing American troops burning the bodies of two suspected Taliban fighters earlier this month.
His comments came after Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the alleged burning of the bodies and ordered an immediate inquiry. The U.S. military has also ordered its own investigation and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has called for the probe to be expedited.
News of the alleged desecration has sparked warnings of a possible anti-American backlash in Afghanistan, but there have been no demonstrations so far. The video of the burning of the bodies hasn't been showed here yet.
I'm sure that will change.
The UN's response to U.S. civilian contractors being burned alive in Iraq?