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Two US Soldiers in Afghanistan Charged with Assault

The U.S. military in Afghanistan says two American soldiers have been charged with assaulting detainees at a coalition base in Uruzgan province.

A statement says the two soldiers allegedly punched two detainees on the chest, shoulders and stomach, but that neither detainee required medical attention.

The charges come 10 days after the U.S. military began an investigation into allegations that American soldiers burned the bodies of two Taleban fighters and used the act to taunt other fighters.

Australian television aired a video purportedly showing the soldiers burning the bodies of the fighters they had killed near the former Taleban stronghold of Kandahar.

Cremation of corpses is banned in the Islamic faith and the alleged desecration sparked outrage in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.