WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 13) – A video footage showing US Marines pissing on dead Taliban in Afghanistan got a strong condemnation Thursday from the top US officials.
|U.S. Military Identified the Unit involved in Afghan Urinating Video|
A reliable US military source revealed that the unit involved in this disgusting act has been identified and even two of the four Marines have been identified but their names were not being made public.
CNN quoted an unnamed US Marine official as saying the military branch was “confident” the troops in the stirring footage were from the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The unit deployed to Afghanistan, mainly in Helmand province, in early 2011 and returned in September or October, CNN reported further.
“We cannot release the name of the unit at this time since the incident is being investigated,” a spokesperson from the Marines said.
The incident evoked memories of previous abuses committed by US troops in Iraq and during the decade-long Afghan war that could spark outrage and unrest in Afghanistan and the wider Muslim world; therefore condemned by top officials of Obama administration.
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said the behavior in the video was “utterly deplorable,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of her “total dismay,” and both vowed that the culprits would be found and punished.
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