7 Troops face discipline in Quran burning

Muslim protesters hold placards during a protest against

Muslim protesters hold placards during a protest against the burning of Qurans in Afghanistan by U.S. troops, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. U.S. President Barack Obama apologized to Afghans for the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, trying to assuage rising anti-American sentiment as an Afghan soldier gunned down two American troops during another day of angry protests. (Feb. 24, 2012) (Credit: AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

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WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that a U.S. military investigation is recommending that as many as seven U.S. troops face administrative punishments, but not criminal charges, in the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan in February.

U.S. military officials say the classified report and recommendations for disciplinary action against the service members involved were delivered to the Pentagon more than a week ago. No final decisions have been made.

Several Qurans were thrown into a garbage fire pit, setting off riots among Afghans.

U.S. officials say one Navy service member and as many as six Army soldiers face punishment that can range from a letter in their file to docking their pay. .

U.S. military officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is under review.

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