Three U.S. Marines filmed urinating on Taliban corpses given ‘administrative’ punishments but are spared criminal charges

Outrage: The video inflamed tensions between US forces and the Afghans and was called a 'recruitment tool for the Taliban'

Three U.S. Marines who were pictured urinating on Taliban corpses last year received ‘administrative’ punishments, but they avoided criminal charges, the American military said on Monday.

The video of the men were called a ‘recruitment tool for the Taliban’ and helped to inflame tensions between Afghans and NATO troops when it was made public earlier this year. 

It remains to be seen whether the punishments, which could include reprimand, reduction in rank or forfeiture of pay, will be enough to satisfy Afghan officials, who were outraged by the images. 

Outrage: The video inflamed tensions between US forces and the Afghans and was called a 'recruitment tool for the Taliban'

Outrage: The video inflamed tensions between US forces and the Afghans and was called a ‘recruitment tool for the Taliban’

Six U.S. Army soldiers who provoked a riot when they burned copies of the Koran taken from a detention facility were also disciplined by the military.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai branded the Marine’s actions in the video as ‘inhuman,’ and he initially called for a public trial for the soldiers over the Koran incident.

The Marine Corps announced three Marines had pleaded guilty to charges over the video, including one for ‘urinating on the body of a deceased Taliban soldier.’ Another wrongfully posed for a photo with human casualties and the third lied about the incident to investigators.

The identities of the Marines were not disclosed and disciplinary actions against other Marines would be announced at a later date, the Marine Corps said.

The video, which became public in January after the images were posted on the Internet, actually took place on or around July 27, 2011, during a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the Marines said, describing findings of the investigation.

One of the four Marines shown in the video can be heard saying, ‘Have a nice day, buddy,’ while another makes a lewd joke, as they urinated on three corpses.

Also on Monday, the Army announced that six soldiers received administrative punishments over an incident in which copies of the Koran and other religious material were removed from a prison library and sent to an incinerator to be destroyed. 

Four of the individuals involved were officers and two of them were non-commissioned officers, a spokesman said.

The incident in February touched off several days of rioting and attacks on U.S. troops after local workers found charred copies of the Koran among the trash at the incinerator at the Bagram base north of Kabul.

U.S. officials at the time said some of the religious material had been removed from the prison library at Bagram because of concern that it was extremist in nature and was being used to pass messages among prisoners.

At least 30 people died in the violence that spread across the country after the incident. Shortly after, two American officers were shot dead in a secure area of the Afghan interior ministry, a crime that remains unsolved.

Reaction to the incident prompted President Barack Obama to write to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to apologize.

An investigation into the Koran burning concluded in June with recommendations that the troops involved receive administrative punishment, a U.S. official said at the time. Details of that investigation were also expected to be released later on Monday.

  1. #1 by Lydia on 08/28/2012 - 9:34

    These “service men” are programed to dissociate from all previously learned *(and unlearned) morals and behavior, and are programed to perform acts at the hands of their masters. This is an old military tactic from WWII and the Cold War that our gov’t has perfected in the last 50 years through “research and experimentation”. It still goes on. I’m not cutting these guys slack, they were bred and “conditioned” to perform such vile acts and crimes. It’s the diabolical system behind it that has gone completely out of control. Our gov’t has created monsters and there isn’t much we can do about it other than to continue to expose them for what they are.

  2. #2 by ruby22-kate on 08/28/2012 - 9:34

    I want to comment on the above photo, none of those soldiers are green teen-agers, 1/2 of them have male pattern baldness, one of the other has the roughened skin of a 50 year old, in other words, what can the world expect when the US military have been indoctrinated in the surreal world of militant religion?”

    Go Kill some muzzzzlummms, God wants us to join in a bloody purge of the Middle East, the quasi religious cult called the Legion’s Spawn, “zionus maximus”, coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

    So these soldiers are doing their jobs as they see it, I know most soldiers try to understand but the skilled strategic confusion of too much information on peripheral issues while the major questions of “WHY?” “For how long?”, Innocent people are being murdered, families destroyed for the bottom line of a few thousand obscenely wealthy money sharks.

    Bored, ignorant white guys, we all know a few, obsessed with being in the ultimate boy’s club. The ones who don’t feel alive unless there is a war goin on. IMO, being in the military is one level up from being imprisoned.

    These ignoramouses don’t even comprehend the layers of racist hatred woven into that military cliche, pissing on a corpse.

  3. #3 by massigusoni on 08/28/2012 - 9:34

    Shoot the bastards; then, let four Taliban piss on them and film it, post it on you tube, and call it a day.

  4. #4 by Tony on 08/28/2012 - 9:34

    Must be that American Exceptionalism that the media keeps talking about.

  5. #5 by girlznguitarz on 08/28/2012 - 9:34

    Shoot them and pee on them? and be as BAD as them!!! That is not the answer…..
    The west loves to denounce Muslims as terrorists…..WE in the west are the terrorists.
    We are shameful and disgusting….that we tolerate this sort of behaviour. These soldier men are nothing but vile useless non-entities…..but then the army teaches them to HATE so what can we expect of them, The west is full of debauchery and sickening people like these soldiers.

  6. #6 by Kelly on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    You know what is even sadder?…Most westerners think this is acceptable…I remember seeing replies about this from some of my friends and their friends on FB ,congratulating this behaviour….When i commented that America has lost it’s soul, i was called a threat to the US…One woman even going as far to say that she was going to report me to the FBI…It’s the continued reference to Muslims being the bad guys that they have been conditioned to, through movies and constant updates on the war on ‘terror’…They don’t even realise that the war on them from their own government started long before they could point out Iraq or Afganhistan on a map..There is no excuse for ignorance today with so much knowledge on the internet.

    The worst thing about these soldiers is they don’t even have a clue that the elites are the ones pissing on them from behind the scenes.

  7. #7 by girlznguitarz on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Yes the elite are pissing on us all!!! The trouble is young men go into the army etc., with a view to the excitement. I remember my son having some army soldiers visit his school…he was about 10. He came home with one of those square things (like a Rubic cube) but with pictures of soldiers in action on it. I replaced the pictures with pictures of peaceful things…..What a sad world we live in…makes me ashamed to be a human being.

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