25 Sep 2012

US Marines face court marial over urination video

11:40 am on 25 September 2012

Two US marines filmed as they were urinating over dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have been referred to trial by court martial.

Staff sergeants Joseph Chamblin and Edward Deptola are also charged with failure to report or stop misconduct by junior Marines, including random firing of weapons.

In addition, the two non-commissioned officers, who are assigned to the Third Battalion, Second Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, are alleged to have posed for photographs with human casualties.

Three other Marines were disciplined in August for their role in the clip which surfaced online in January this year, the BBC reports.

The incidents are believed to have taken place during a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan's Helmand Province on or around 27 July 2011, the Marine Corps said.