"In a follow up to a statement released by the US Marine Corps regarding the identities of the four US marines who were filmed urinating upon the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, the Marine Corps, which had previously stated that two of the four marines involved in the incident had been identified, have announced today that now all four marines in the video have been identified.
American military investigators announced that the four marines filmed in the video that was released anonymously onto YouTube had been identified and that a criminal investigation and inquiry was underway. Atleast two of the four accused have already been interviewed by the US Navy’s criminal investigation branch and the Marine Corps has announced that a three-star general, Lt Gen Thomas Waldhauser, had been appointed to determine what punitive measures were to be taken against the four marines and will also lead a Marine Corps investigation into the matter while the Naval Criminal Investigation Service will proceed with its own."
"Speaking on the incident, which has drawn wide condemnation from both US and Afghan authorities, Marine General John Allen, the US and Nato’s top commander in Afghanistan said that the investigation will seek to be prompt and wanted ‘the facts of the case to be established quickly,’ adding that, "These actions are in direct opposition to everything the military stands for. Such acts in no way reflect the high moral standards and values we expect of our armed forces on a daily basis."
"Experts have said that the marines’ actions ‘amount to’ a violation of the First Geneva Convention which calls for the humane treatment of the dead and within the US Uniform Code of Military Justice itself; the marines’ actions constitute bringing discredit to the armed forces."
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