Lewd Marine Video Spurs Global Outrage

Purports To Show Servicemen Urinating on Taliban Corpses

By Forward Staff

Published January 12, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share

A video purporting to show uniformed U.S. Marines joking as they urinate on the corpses of Taliban fighters is prompting outrage, promises of an investigation, but it wont likely derail peace talks between the the Afghan government and the militant group.

The Marine Corps said it was investigating the incident in light of the video, but had yet to verify the authenticity of the footage. But two military officials, speaking anonymously to Reuters, said the video, which surfaced Tuesday on YouTube and is likely to stir up anti-American sentiment in the region, did not appear to be fake.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force condemned the actions depicted on the video, and said they “appear to have been conducted by a small group of U.S. individuals, who apparently are no longer serving in Afghanistan.”

On Wednesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, decrying the “apparent desecration of the dead as a violation of our nation’s military regulations and international law.”

Afghan officials and the Taliban have recently renewed peace talks.

Marc Grossman, the White House special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is expected to meet in the coming days with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and leaders in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. On the agenda is the creation of a Taliban political office in Qatar, and the transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

A Taliban spokesman called the video “barbaric,” but said it would not impact scheduled negotiations.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
  • Getting ready for Seder? Chag Sameach! http://jd.fo/q3LO2
  • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
  • Aperitif Cocktail, Tequila Shot, Tom Collins or Vodka Soda — Which son do you relate to?
  • Elvis craved bacon on tour. Michael Jackson craved matzo ball soup. We've got the recipe.
  • This is the face of hatred.
  • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
  • BREAKING: Smirking killer singled out Jews for death in suburban Kansas City rampage. 3 die in bloody rampage at JCC and retirement home.
  • Real exodus? For Mimi Minsky, it's screaming kids and demanding hubby on way down to Miami, not matzo in the desert.
  • The real heroines of Passover prep aren't even Jewish. But the holiday couldn't happen without them.
  • Is Handel’s ‘Messiah’ an anti-Semitic screed?
  • Meet the Master of the Matzo Ball.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.