Court-martial for US marines over Taliban urination video

The charges against the marines were referred to courts-martial on Friday by Lt Gen Richard P Mills.

Zeenews Bureau

Washington: Two US marines are slated to face court martial over a video that showed them urinating on Taliban corpses and posing for photographs with the dead militants in Afghanistan last year, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.

The video that dates back to July 27, 2011 and shows an incident during a counter-insurgency operation in Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

Two non-commissioned US marines named Staff Sgt Joseph W Chamblin and Staff Sgt Edward W Deptola were referred to courts-martial on Friday by Lt Gen Richard P Mills, the Commanding General of Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

Additionally, they were also charged with other misconduct including dereliction of duty by failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to report their misconduct and failing to require them to wear their personal protective equipment.

Last month administrative punishments were announced for three other, more junior Marines for their role in the urination episode.

The video that came to light in January invited concerns by many military officials including Defence Secretary Leon Panetta who said that it could set back efforts to begin reconciliation talks with the Taliban.

The video shows four Marines dressed in full combat gear, urinating on the bodies of three dead Taliban militants’ bodies.

In the video, someone is heard saying: "Have a good day, buddy."

Disciplinary actions regarding other Marines will be announced at a later date, the statement by Marine Corps said.

With Agency Inputs