Marine unit in barbaric video identified
Washington - The US Marines have identified the unit whose forces are suspected of being behind a video appearing to show them urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban in Afghanistan, a Marine officer told Reuters on Thursday.
The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Marines in question were believed to be from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which is based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The US was rocked by a similar scandal in Iraq in 2004 after pictures were released of troops torturing inmates at Abu Gharieb prison.
Twenty-seven military intelligence specialists "encouraged" or "participated" in abuses of inmates at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq, according to a United States army report in 2005.
Then Defence Minister Donald Rumsfeld at the time banned cellphones fitted with digital cameras in US army installations in Iraq.