President Hamid Karzai’s government “strongly condemned” the video and called the actions by American soldiers “insulting” and “insane.”
“The Islamic republic of Afghanistan is demanding the investigation and punishment for the solders from the U.S. government regarding this film as soon as possible,” the presidential palace says in a statement released Thursday.
The NATO-led International Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan comes close to acknowledging that it thinks the video is real and promises a criminal investigation.
“ISAF strongly condemns the actions depicted in the video, which appear to have been conducted by a small group of U.S. individuals, who apparently are no longer serving in Afghanistan,” the coaltion says in a statement on Thursday. “This behavior dishonors the sacrifices and core values of every service member representing the fifty nations of the coalition.”