U.S. Marines probe video of men urinating on Taliban corpses

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 6:09 PM
U.S. Marines probe video of men urinating on Taliban corpses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps said on Wednesday it would investigate a video showing what appears to be American forces in Afghanistan urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters.

The video, which was posted on YouTube and other websites, shows four men in camouflage combat uniforms urinating on the bodies of three dead Taliban.

One of them jokes: "Have a nice day, buddy." The other makes a lewd joke about a shower.

A copy of the video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TMq3m_Oli4

"While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps," the Marines said in a statement.

"This matter will be fully investigated."

A Muslim civil rights group in the United States condemned the alleged desecration of corpses in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

"Any guilty parties must be punished to the full extent allowed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and by relevant American laws," the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in the letter, a copy of which was sent to media organizations including Reuters.

(Reporting By Phil Stewart; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)