by Florian Flade
„Have a nice day, buddy“, the soldier says while urinating onto the dead body of a killed Taliban fighter. The others are laughing, watching and urinating on the other dead Afghans.
It is a shocking video that is circling on the Internet this week allegedly showing four U.S. soldiers desecrating the dead bodies of three Taliban insurgents somewhere in Afghanistan. All recorded by the helmet camera of a fifth American soldier standing by.
The 40-second video clip was posted on Youtube and other video uploading websites. Its origin and authenticity cannot be verified yet. As for now it is unclear where the footage was recorded.
In a statement the U.S. Marine Corps said on Wednesday, the incident would be „fully investigated“. A spokesman for the the U.S. military called the video „disgusting“.
„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“, the U.S. Marines´statement reads.