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5 Marines charged with murder

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence confirmed that five Royal Marines have been charged with murder after a 2011 incident in Afghanistan. Four were released without charge.

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Western-Afghan civilians relations 'remain strained'

  • Relations between Western forces and Afghan civilians have been strained in the last year after soldiers burned copies of the Koran at a NATO base and a U.S. soldier was accused of killed 16 civilians in a rampage in March.
  • A video also emerged depicting U.S. marines urinating on corpses.
  • Relations between Western troops and Afghan forces have also deteriorated after a series of "insider" attacks against NATO coalition troops by Afghan soldiers or by militants wearing Afghan military uniform.

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