Marines in Urination Video ID'd

Hillary Clinton calls incident possible war crime
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2012 11:17 AM CST
Marines in Urination Video ID'd
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to a question on a video purporting to show US Marines urinating on corpses of insurgents during a press conference January 12, 2012.   (Getty Images)

Investigators have identified the four Marines shown in a video apparently urinating on Taliban corpses, and they could be charged today, CBS News reports. The military has interviewed at least two of the men on the matter as officials scramble to address its fallout. "Anyone, anyone found to have participated or know about it, having engaged in such conduct, must be held fully accountable," said Hillary Clinton yesterday, calling the incident a potential war crime. All four were members of a sniper team in a unit that lost seven members in action last summer in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the deputy commander of American troops in Afghanistan has ordered forces to "treat the living and the dead with dignity and respect," CNN reports. "In order to prevail, for the good of the coalition nations and the Afghan people, we can do no less." Acts like the one portrayed in the video mark "a grave breach" of law and "human decency," and "can cause serious damage to relations with the Afghan government." The four Marines' battalion has come under scrutiny before, when a sniper was photographed in action wearing neither body armor nor uniform. (Read more Marines stories.)

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