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US Marines Face Trial For 'Urinating Clip'
Two US Marines have been referred to a court martial for allegedly urinating on the bodies of Taliban insurgents and posing for photographs with them, the Pentagon has said.
The charges against Staff Sergeants Joseph Chamblin and Edward Deptola come a month after three other Marines were sanctioned for their role in the 2011 incident in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
A video posted on the internet in January showed four US troops urinating on three bloodied corpses.
One of them, apparently aware he was being filmed, can be heard saying: "Have a great day, buddy."
The Pentagon said charges against the sergeants alleged "violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for their involvement in urinating on deceased Taliban fighters and for posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties".
They also were charged with alleged dereliction of duty for a number of other command failures involving younger Marines.
The decision to refer the sergeants for trial comes in the midst of a wave of violent anti-American protests in the Muslim world over a US-made film that allegedly ridicules the Prophet Mohammed.