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US Marines allegedly urinate on Taliban corpses (2)

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10:33, January 13, 2012

"This is not the first time we see such brutality," said spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

"We know that our country is occupied...This is not a political process, so the video will not harm our talks and prisoner exchange because they are at the preliminary stage."

The US Marine Corps has said it will investigate. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan described the acts depicted in the video as "disrespectful" and "inexplicable".

"This behaviour dishonours the sacrifices and core values of every service member representing the 50 nations of the coalition," ISAF said in a statement, adding that a US criminal investigation had been launched.

Karzai's office declined immediate comment.

"ILLEGAL, AGAINST HUMANITY"

News of the footage had yet to spread in Afghanistan -- a country where a minority have access to electricity and the Internet is limited to an tiny urban elite -- but Afghans who were told about what the tape appears to show were horrified.

"The Afghan government has to discuss with the US government how to prosecute these soldiers, so in the future nobody will be able to make a joke of Afghans," said middle-aged merchant Qaisullah, who has a shop near the Kabul's Shah-e-dushamshera mosque.

"It may start with just video footage, but it will end with demonstrations around the country and maybe the world."

Anti-American feeling has boiled over, or been whipped up, into violence several times in Afghanistan in recent years. Protests over reports of the desecration of the Muslim holy book have twice sparked deadly riots.

"They've committed a crime. We don't want them in our country," said Feda Mohammad, a middle-aged man in jeans, a jacket and a woollen hat, when told about the tape. "We don't like foreigners in our country and they have to leave."

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