Link The US military says it will investigate claims that US soldiers publicly burnt the bodies of two Taleban fighters in Afghanistan. It comes after an Australian TV station broadcast footage of what appear to be US soldiers burning the bodies. The footage shows other troops apparently taunting residents of a nearby village, which they believed to be harbouring the Taleban. The act of burning corpses is a violation of Islamic tradition. The US military has condemned the alleged acts, saying they will be "aggressively investigated". . . . . . It shows a group of five soldiers standing on a rocky ledge, watching two burning corpses with arms and legs outstretched. Islamic tradition states that bodies should be washed, prayed over, wrapped in white cloth and buried within 24 hours. The soldiers initially said they were burning the bodies for hygiene reasons. The TV report also suggests that the incident could be in violation of the Geneva Convention on the treatment of enemy remains, which states that the dead should be honourably interred. Later footage showed two soldiers reading from a notebook messages which they said had already been broadcast to villagers. "Attention Taleban you are cowardly dogs," the message reads. "You allowed your fighters to be laid down facing West and burnt. "You are too scared to retrieve their bodies. This just proves you are the ladyboys we always believed you to be." Innocent till proven guilty and all, but the combination of embedded film footage with the written statement seems pretty damning. Great to see the US military continuing its mission to spread democracy and enlightenment throughout the world.. Does their generosity know no bounds?