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US military to probe ‘marine urinating on dead bodies video’

by News Agencies
Source: Al Jazeera English

Filed under: Featured,Middle East,News |

The US Marine Corps says it will investigate a video posted on the internet which appears to show US soldiers in Afghanistan urinating on corpses.

In a statement issued on Wednesday after the footage came to light, the corps said the matter would be fully investigated.

“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 statement said.

John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said: “Regardless of the circumstances or who is in the video, this is… egregious, disgusting behavior, unacceptable for anyone in uniform.

“It turned my stomach,” he added.

The video, which was first posted on the Live Leak website, shows four men in military uniforms urinating on three bloodied bodies on the ground, apparently aware that they were being filmed.

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

The multinational security force in Afghanistan, ISAF, as well as the country’s government, strongly condemned the actions portrayed in the video.

“The government of Afghanistan is deeply disturbed by a video that shows American soldiers desecrating dead bodies of three Afghans,” said a statement from Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office on Thursday.

“This act by American soldiers is simply inhuman and condemnable in the strongest possible terms.

“We expressly ask the US government to urgently investigate the video and apply the most severe punishment to anyone found guilty in this crime.”

In a statement on Thursday, the NATO-led international coalition in Afghanistan called the actions depicted in the video “inexplicable and not in keeping with the high moral standards” it said were expected of co-alition forces.

It said the video appeared to show a “small group of U.S. individuals, who apparently are no longer serving in Afghanistan”.

Lieutenant Colonel Jay Stout, a former US Marine Corps pilot, told Al Jazeera he found the incident “disturbing”.

“I am disturbed. Look, marines kill to win, and sometimes they kill a lot and that’s good, that’s fine, that’s war. But in victory we are trained to be compassionate, we are trained to be respectful and this incident was neither of those.”

‘Trained to spread horror’

In a statement, the Taliban said the incident was “against all international human rights” but “not the only example of the horrific actions that the Americans have done in Afghanistan”.

“American soldiers are trained to spread horror and this is one of the examples,” the Taliban said.

However, the group’s statement added that the incident would not affect negotiations with the US after US officials said Washington would send an envoy to Afghanistan to prepare the ground for direct peace talks.

About 20,000 marines are deployed in Afghanistan, mostly in Kandahar and Helmand provinces in the south of the war-ravaged country.

The video could aggravate anti-US sentiment in Afghanistan after a decade of a war that has seen other cases of abuse.

The US military has been prosecuting soldiers from its army’s 5th Stryker Brigade on charges of murdering unarmed Afghan civilians while deployed in 2010 in Kandahar province.

In that case, photographs published last March by two magazines – Der Spiegel and Rolling Stone – showed soldiers posing with the bloodied corpse of an Afghan boy they had just killed.

A Muslim civil rights group in the US condemned the alleged desecration of corpses in a letter to Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary.

“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 organisations.

Tasnia 5pts

Please remove the offensive picture from the main page. Its disturbing and sickens the soul.


momina 5pts

Sorry I didn't read the article as its apparent from the topic that it must be disgusting. I'm not surprised. I'm not surprised or moved because American forces, CIA, FBI etc. are known for their ill-teratment of alive subjects in their hands on any mere suspicion - whether created or deemed. There are so many instances of people taken hostage and tortured in their premises or at torture cells kept at remote places such as guatenamo bay, that its not a surprise to read this heading... where dead are concerned. They have their mentality and faith to display.

I'm more concerned with what Muslamaan do when they get chance to avenge themselves - do they respect the word of Quraan on the issue or not.

Huda Qureshi
Huda Qureshi 5pts

It's outrageously disgusting and only bring more hatred and tension to an already tense relation between Islam and rest of world. Allah is surely MAD at what is going on in Earth. Shameless

Seid Abdu
Seid Abdu 5pts

blame the people who are associated with the American's to use there lands to go kill the Mujahedeen for what for exchange of money that's like selling your own people what an ummah subhanellah and we are surprised to see this live longer we will c things that are worest than this. When Allah (S.W.) said in the holy Quran don't make the unbelivers your friends well they made them friends and this is what they did to there own people. Allahuma Insur mujaheedeen fe kulu mekan, we adkelhum jenetul ferdos ameen yarebel alemeen.

Sabeen Izhar
Sabeen Izhar 5pts

Animalistic behaviour. Humans can be so evil. Great representation for the US, the military always seem to do them proud!

Noor Aiman Ahmad
Noor Aiman Ahmad 5pts

I have friends from many different walks of life, creed, races, and religions. It's a sad state of affairs indeed. It's aggravating to think that the act of a select few, on any sides, can potentially breed more hate, violence and war on a much, much larger scale.

May Allah protect us and guide us and those combating such atrocities to the best course of action as He has planned. The least we should do is turn to Allah and pray our sincerest prayers, and never forget that Allah is the best of planners.

Siddy Mahomed
Siddy Mahomed 5pts

@ Mohsen, we can intensify our prayers that the Almighty award those responsible their just recompense as Truly He Is All Seeing, All Knowing. 5pts

The Pentagon has acknowledged that they are real. We shouldn't be's happened before - Abu Ghurab, Guantanamo, Bagram, etc....

Rebecca Kay
Rebecca Kay 5pts

So have these images been proven to be real. ?

Andrew M
Andrew M 5pts

Sadly, this is a product of the horror of war. Crime is typically committed by both sides, and is totally unacceptable.

This story details the latest crime, and those responsible should be punished, for their crime.

The US Military should also punish the commander of these soldiers, as they were on-duty, operating under his(her) command, at time of the offence.

All serving military Officers and Soldiers should be addressed by the President of the USA on this specific offence, in order to stamp out such offence from ever recurring, emphasising that there is no support from our highest Office, nor general voting public, of such despicable behaviour.

The military tell us they are Professional Soldiers - so I expect more than a few court-martials to take place over this incident. Nothing less and hopefully very much more, sending a clear message to all our respected military personnel, on both sides.

wazza_b 5pts

The muslim world today is like a handicapped giant. So powerful, yet crippled on a wheelchair. Gone are the days where a woman can cry for help and a muslim leader will assemble an army to free her. We have become pathetic things who love this world too much and and hate death. And this is the humliation promised to us for doing so.

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