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Video shows what appear to be U.S. Marines urinating on bodies

By the CNN Wire Staff
January 11, 2012 -- Updated 2128 GMT (0528 HKT)
This is a frame from the video. It was not clear who shot or posted it, who the people pictured in it were or where it was shot.
This is a frame from the video. It was not clear who shot or posted it, who the people pictured in it were or where it was shot.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Have a great day, buddy," one voice says
  • It is not clear who shot or posted the video
  • Marine Corps: "This matter will be fully investigated"
  • "It's hideous, it turned my stomach," DOD spokesman says

Washington (CNN) -- A number of websites including TMZ and YouTube posted a video Wednesday showing four men dressed in U.S. Marine Corps combat gear urinating on the apparently dead bodies of three men sprawled on the ground in front of them.

One of the men says, "Have a great day, buddy." A voice asks, "You got it on the video?" to which another voice responds, "Yeah." Another jokes, "Golden, like a shower."

It was not clear who shot or posted the 39-second video, who the people pictured in it were or where it was shot.

"We recently became aware of an inappropriate video on a public website that appears to involve members of our military," International Security Assistance Force spokesman Col. Gary Kolb said from Kabul, Afghanistan. "We will not speculate on the details but will take all necessary actions to determine the facts."

He said an investigation was under way but would not comment on the video's authenticity. The faces of the bodies are not identifiable.

"While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps," said U.S.M.C. Media Officer Kendra Hardesty. "This matter will be fully investigated and those responsible will be held accountable for their actions. We are in the process of verifying what unit these Marines are with right now and as soon as we have more information, we will let you know."

"Regardless of the circumstances or who is in the video, this is egregious, disgusting behavior," said DOD spokesman Capt. John Kirby. "It's hideous. It turned my stomach."

CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this story.

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