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Marine Urination Video Could Be Evidence of a War Crime, Official Says

Posted Jan 12, 2012 11:07 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A video posted on YouTube and TMZ purporting to show U.S. Marines urinating on dead bodies could be evidence of war crimes, according to an unnamed Marine Corps official.

The Marine Corps is trying to determine whether the video is authentic, CNN reports. It shows four men dressed in Marine combat gear urinating on what appear to be three dead bodies. One of the men says, "Have a great day, buddy.” Officials believe the video may have been shot in Afghanistan.

CNN quotes a senior Marine Corps official who examined the video. He said the desecration of a body by U.S. troops could be a potential war crime. The Geneva Conventions bar desecrating bodies of those killed in war, the New York Times reports. The laws of war also bar photographing of dead bodies, according to the Associated Press.

The Marine Corps issued a statement promising a full investigation.

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