VIDEO: Afghan leader Karzai condemns 'US Marines body desecration' video
12-Jan-2012 (2 comments)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned a video that appears to show US Marines urinating on the bloodied corpses of several Taliban fighters.

The Taliban has also criticised the video as "shameful" but said it would not derail attempts at peace talks.

The US military is investigating the authenticity of the video and the Marine Corps said the actions were not consistent with its core values.

The origin of the video is not known, nor is it clear who posted it online.

The footage shows four men in military fatigues appearing to urinate on three apparently lifeless men. They have brown skin, bare feet and are dressed in loose-fitting outfits. One appears to be covered in blood.

A man's voice is heard saying: "Have a great day, buddy."

The men in military fatigues seem to be aware they are being filmed.

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Photos of troops with insurgents' bodies violate U.S. values

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U.S.: Behavior in photos violate values (CNN, VIDEO)


CNN) -- Photos of U.S. soldiers posing with bodies of suspected Afghan insurgents, published Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times, depict behavior that "absolutely violates" U.S. regulations and values, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

"This is not who we are, and it's certainly not who we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform who are serving there," he said.

The two photos published by the paper are among 18 provided by a U.S. soldier who wanted "to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline," The Times reported.

The military said an investigation is under way.




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  • NATO secretary-general considers the photos "an isolated event"
  • The Los Angeles Times says it received 18 photos; two were published
  • The military says an investigation is under way


Darius Kadivar

Utterly Disgusting and Unacceptable !

by Darius Kadivar on

True Soldiers don't lower themselves to such dishonorable acts. This is a disgrace on the Army and these folks should be put on court marshal.