Accidents & Disasters
US probing urination on Taliban's bodiesBy Lalit K Jha Jan 12, 2012 - 12:45
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Marine Corps has launched an investigating into the authenticity of a video, widely being circulated on the internet, showing its soldiers urinating on the Taliban's dead bodies.
"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 Marine Corps said on Thursday.
In a statement, it added: "Headquarters Marine Corps has recently been made aware of a video that portrays Marines urinating on what appear to be deceased members of the Taliban." The matter would be fully investigated, the corps promised.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said the Department of Defense was deeply troubled by the video. "Whoever it is, and whatever the circumstances, it is egregious behavior and unacceptable for a member of the military."
Earlier, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group in the US, in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, condemned the desecration of corpses and demanded the guilty be punished.
"Any guilty parties must be punished to the full extent allowed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and by relevant American laws," CAIR said in a letter, copy of which was released to the media.
In the video, four American men camouflage in combat uniforms appear to be urinating on the corps of three Taliban fighters. One of the soldiers is seen as saying: “Have a nice day, buddy!"