By Raf Sanchez, Washington 9:39PM GMT 11 Jan 2012
The Pentagon has launched an investigation into an online video that appeared to show US Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters.
In footage posted on YouTube and seen by the website TMZ four men in combat fatigues are seen laughing and joking as they apparently relieve themselves over three corpses that lie at their feet.
After seemingly checking to be sure no one is watching they unbutton their uniforms and urinate on the bloody bodies, with one soldier telling a dead man: “Have a great day, buddy.”
A fifth person films the scene with a hand-held camera from a few feet away, shifting their position at one point to get a better view of one of the dead men’s faces.
The footage was posted on Tuesday by an online user named ‘semperfiLoneVoice’, a reference to the Marine Corps’ motto “semper fidelis”, which means “always faithful” in Latin.
The 39-second video is the only one posted by the account. The user did not reply to a message from the Daily Telegraph last night but comments under the video speculated that they may be a whistle-blower from within the Marine Corps.
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