US Marine Joseph Chamblin sentenced for Afghan urination video

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A US Marine has been sentenced to a reduction in ranks after he admitted at a court martial urinating on the body of a dead Afghan combatant.

Staff Sgt Joseph Chamblin was also told to forfeit $500 pay after admitting to wrongful desecration, among other charges. He was initially given 30 days in jail but will not serve the time because of a plea deal with military prosecutors.

Video footage of the incident shocked the world when it emerged in January.

Three other Marines have already been disciplined for their role in the incident, and another is facing court martial.

Adding to tensions

The three other servicemen who were disciplined in August all pleaded guilty.

One admitted “urinating on the body of a deceased Taliban soldier”, another said he posed for a photo with human casualties, and a third admitted lying to investigators.

In the video, someone can be heard saying: “Have a good day, buddy.”

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.

The footage surfaced at a sensitive time for US-Afghan relations, as American officials attempted to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

One month later, violent protests broke out in Afghanistan after it emerged US troops had incinerated a number of copies of the Koran.

The holy books had been confiscated from prisoners, amid claims they were being used to pass secret messages.

The ensuing unrest claimed 30 lives and saw two US troops shot dead.

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4 Comments »

  1. Paul December 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    A lot of times its your fellow soldiers that are taking the pictures of you and posting them,thats how we get caught. I was in the army in the early 90s and we were not allowed a camera to take pics. Heck we were’nt even givin live ammo in 1st phase of desert storm,we were just there to intimidate and that didnt work to well.

  2. Dan December 25, 2012 at 2:31 am - Reply

    You know it is sad because often military media propaganda pushes these men into doing these things. It is called a morale booster until someone actually gets caught.

  3. david frobel December 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    lucky he dident take a crap on him,,,they are shooting at you,,

  4. Paul December 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Being former Military, I would have personally drank pigs blood then pissed on them.Take picture of that and lets hear the out cry! Sometimes we do dumb things in our lives,but if someone was tryin to kill me and I got him first. Id piss on him.

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