Defense Secretary Orders Investigation of Video Purportedly Showing Marines Urinating on Enemy Corpses

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM EDT

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Defense Secretary Orders Investigation of Video Purportedly Showing Marines Urinating on Enemy Corpses

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON D.C. (American Forces Press Service) -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta released a statement Thursday strongly condemning the actions of a small group of Marines depicted in a video that began circulating online Wednesday.

The video shows four Marines apparently urinating over three enemy corpses in Afghanistan. The secretary’s statement said he has seen the footage and finds the behavior depicted in it “utterly deplorable.”

“I condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” Panetta said. “I have ordered the Marine Corps and ISAF commander [Marine Corps] Gen. John Allen to immediately and fully investigate the incident. This conduct is entirely inappropriate for members of the United States military and does not reflect the standards or values our armed forces are sworn to uphold. Those found to have engaged in such conduct will be held accountable to the fullest extent.”

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