Gurkha Soldier to Face Reprimand for Insurgent Beheading

July 19, 2010

UK (ChattahBox) – A Gurkha soldier with the British Army has been removed from active duty after he beheaded an insurgent as a means of identifying him, the Examiner reports.

The unnamed soldier, who is said to be in his early twenties, apparently took out his kukri ceremonial knife, a weapon symbolic to the Gurkhas, and severed the head of a dead insurgent after a long battle in the Helmand province.

He then left the body, but took the head with him, mutilating him so that DNA had to be used to ensure the identity of the fighter.

This has been a huge embarrassment for Britain, as well as for allied efforts in Afghanistan, with the beheading considered a direct insult to the local Muslims. In Islamic culture, the entire body is buried, and soldiers have worked to ensure that families of those killed in the war are given body parts to complete the burial.

The soldier’s actions have been called “inappropriate”, but he faces much more serious consequences than a slap on the wrist. A court marshal is likely, and if found guilty, he will be jailed for the offense.

There is some question as to exactly what his motives might have been, but there may be a connection to the deaths of three soldiers in his regiment last week, after an Afghan soldier was exposed as an extremist.


Comments

6 Responses to “Gurkha Soldier to Face Reprimand for Insurgent Beheading”

  1. Mr labun on July 19th, 2010 2:12 pm

    As I read and understand that a soldier is just taking a order from his commander,and I understand that the heat of the battle and loss of his fello comrades on previous days by a rough soldiers from the afghanarmy.You judge yourself,that you trained them and turned against you and kills you,that pumps my blood up.that is what happened to him.

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  4. John on July 21st, 2010 9:58 pm

    War is not a nice game of golf with drinks in the country club later on, it is a hard brutal struggle to stay alive and win at the same time. Why shaft some poor bloke for having the balls to take the fight to the enemy while most of NATO’s forces sit around doing stuff all. For God’s sake the Italian army was paying off the local Taliban not to attack them and now this guy is held up as an example of being a naughty boy by the PC Brigade. Get real open a history book and show me a war that was solved by water pistols at 10 paces, just let the army get on with the job or go home and suck your thumb.

  5. John Schaefer on September 16th, 2010 1:22 pm

    How come none of the liberals care when the “insurgents” behead a still alive innocent male newscaster or a female teacher.

    The “insurgents” and the wimpy Brit gummint can go blow smoke up their butts.

    Excuse me while I go puke.

  6. olivia on September 16th, 2010 3:10 pm

    John – Actually, we do care when the insurgents are the ones committing the murders. But we also recognize that we want to be a part of societies that don’t base their moral code on “the other guy is worse”.

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