Conduct unbecoming?

Posted: January 12, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps said yesterday that it is investigating a video depicting what appears to be four Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters.

In a statement, the Marine Corps said it has not verified the origin or authenticity of the YouTube video. But it also said the actions portrayed are not consistent with Marine values.

If verified, the video could create a strong backlash in the Muslim world and beyond for the disrespectful actions it portrays.

A defense official said the case will be referred to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Navy's worldwide law-enforcement organization.

Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon said, "The actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps."

- Associated Press

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