28 Aug '12, 12am
3 US Marines punished for urinating on the corpses of Afghan Taleban fighters and posing for pictures with the dead
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Three United States (US) Marines have pleaded guilty and been sanctioned for urinating on the corpses of Afghan Taleban fighters and posing for pictures with the dead, the Marine Corps said on Monday. "Three Marines received non-judicial punishment today for violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for their role in the desecration and filming of deceased Taleban that became public in January 2012," said a statement. "The troops were disciplined under an administrative procedure," it said, without detailing the penalties given, but noting that action against other Marines involved in the incident would be announced at a later date. The actions depicted in the video took place during a counter-insurgency operation in the restive Musa Qala district of Helmand province, in south-western Afghanistan in July 2011.