The Straits Times
Published on Sep 25, 2012

Afghans hail action over US Marines abuse video


KABUL (AFP) - Afghanistan on Tuesday welcomed a Pentagon decision to put two United States (US) Marines on trial for urinating on the bodies of dead Taleban fighters and posing for photographs with them.

The Pentagon announced that Staff Sergeants Joseph Chamblin and Edward Deptola will face court martial, a month after three other Marines were sanctioned administratively for their role in the July 27, 2011 incident in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

"We welcome the US move to put those Marines on trial," defence ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi said. "We want all those people who commit unlawful acts to be brought to justice."

A videotape that surfaced on the Internet in January showed four US troops urinating on three bloodied corpses, and one of the men, apparently aware he was being filmed, saying: "Have a great day, buddy," to one of the dead.