Video Allegedly Shows Marines Urinating on Bodies
USMC is investigating clip apparently of dead Taliban fighters
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2012 4:56 PM CST
File photo of Marines in Afghanistan.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Pentagon has a potentially nasty scandal on its hands: The US Marine Corps says it is investigating a 40-second video that surfaced today on YouTube and elsewhere that appears to show four Marines urinating on the corpses of three Taliban fighters, reports the Air Force Times. The men joke about it as they do so, with one saying, "Have a great day, buddy." If the video proves to be legit, the desecration might constitute a war crime, a senior USMC official tells CNN. Here's a TMZ link to the video, but be warned that it's graphic.

A Marine spokeswoman: “While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps. This matter will be fully investigated and those responsible will be held accountable for their actions. We are in the process of verifying what unit these Marines are with right now and as soon as we have more information, we will let you know.”