JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- An official has told the Associated Press that the Marine Corps has identified at least two of the four Marines in an internet video that purports to depict them urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan.
The Marine official told the AP that the four were members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which returned to their home base at Camp Lejeune last fall after a tour in Afghanistan. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because a criminal investigation is under way.
In a statement, Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps said he has reviewed the video.
"I want to be clear and unambiguous, the behavior depicted in the video is wholly inconsistent with the high standards of conduct and warrior ethos that we have demonstrated throughout our history," Gen. Amos said. "Accordingly, late yesterday I requested that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service pull together a team of their very best agents and immediately assign them responsibility to thoroughly investigate every aspect of the filmed event. Additionally, I am assigning a Marine General Officer and senior attorney, both with extensive combat experience, to head up an internal Preliminary Inquiry into the matter. Once the investigation and Preliminary Inquiry are complete and the facts have been determined, then the Marine Corps will take the appropriate next steps. Rest assured that the institution of the Marine Corps will not rest until the allegations and the events surrounding them have been resolved. We remain fully committed to upholding the Geneva Convention, the Laws of War, and our own core values."
The official who spoke to the AP said that at least some of the four Marines are no longer in that battalion. He provided no other details.