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US marines accused of war crimes

Posted by The Agonist on January 12th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Chris McGreal | Washington | Jan 11

The Guardian – US forces in Afghanistan are facing fresh accusations of war crimes after film emerged of American marines urinating on dead bodies and laughing.

The US military command in Kabul, which was severely embarrassed last year by revelations that Americans soldiers were running a “kill squad” murdering Afghan civilians, said it will investigate the undated video but that if proves to be authentic then desecration of corpses would be regarded as a serious crime.

In the graphic short video, four soldiers in combat gear and carrying weapons are seen acting in unison as they urinate on three bloodied corpses. One of the soldiers sighs with relief, another says “yeah” and a third laughs. One remarks: “Have a great day, buddy”. Another says: “Golden, like a shower”.

A fifth soldier films the incident.

The video was posted anonymously on Wednesday along with a caption that said: “scout sniper team 4 with 3rd battalion 2nd marines out of camp lejeune peeing on dead talibans”.

Military officials confirmed that the soldiers appear to be carrying rifles of a kind issued to sniper teams in Afghanistan.

A US department of defence spokesman, Captain John Kirby, told CNN: “Regardless of the circumstances or who is in the video, this is egregious, disgusting behaviour. It’s hideous. It turned my stomach.”

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