Three U.S. Marines filmed urinating on Taliban corpses given ‘administrative’ punishments but are spared criminal charges
Outrage: The video inflamed tensions between US forces and the Afghans and was called a 'recruitment tool for the Taliban'
Three U.S. Marines who were pictured urinating on Taliban corpses last year received ‘administrative’ punishments, but they avoided criminal charges, the American military said on Monday.
The video of the men were called a ‘recruitment tool for the Taliban’ and helped to inflame tensions between Afghans and NATO troops when it was made public earlier this year. 
It remains to be seen whether the punishments, which could include reprimand, reduction in rank or forfeiture of pay, will be enough to satisfy Afghan officials, who were outraged by the images. 

Outrage: The video inflamed tensions between US forces and the Afghans and was called a 'recruitment tool for the Taliban'
Outrage: The video inflamed tensions between US forces and the Afghans and was called a ‘recruitment tool for the Taliban’

Six U.S. Army soldiers who provoked a riot when they burned copies of the Koran taken from a detention facility were also disciplined by the military.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai branded the Marine’s actions in the video as ‘inhuman,’ and he initially called for a public trial for the soldiers over the Koran incident.
The Marine Corps announced three Marines had pleaded guilty to charges over the video, including one for ‘urinating on the body of a deceased Taliban soldier.’ Another wrongfully posed for a photo with human casualties and the third lied about the incident to investigators.
The identities of the Marines were not disclosed and disciplinary actions against other Marines would be announced at a later date, the Marine Corps said.
The video, which became public in January after the images were posted on the Internet, actually took place on or around July 27, 2011, during a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the Marines said, describing findings of the investigation.
One of the four Marines shown in the video can be heard saying, ‘Have a nice day, buddy,’ while another makes a lewd joke, as they urinated on three corpses.
Also on Monday, the Army announced that six soldiers received administrative punishments over an incident in which copies of the Koran and other religious material were removed from a prison library and sent to an incinerator to be destroyed. 
Four of the individuals involved were officers and two of them were non-commissioned officers, a spokesman said.
The incident in February touched off several days of rioting and attacks on U.S. troops after local workers found charred copies of the Koran among the trash at the incinerator at the Bagram base north of Kabul.
U.S. officials at the time said some of the religious material had been removed from the prison library at Bagram because of concern that it was extremist in nature and was being used to pass messages among prisoners.
At least 30 people died in the violence that spread across the country after the incident. Shortly after, two American officers were shot dead in a secure area of the Afghan interior ministry, a crime that remains unsolved.
Reaction to the incident prompted President Barack Obama to write to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to apologize.
An investigation into the Koran burning concluded in June with recommendations that the troops involved receive administrative punishment, a U.S. official said at the time. Details of that investigation were also expected to be released later on Monday.


  1. The Director Of The “U.S. Marines Urinating On Taliban Corpses” Video, Sgt. Jacob Pope, Receives A Mortgage Free Home From Home For Our Troops
    The disreputable Sergeant Jacob Pope; infamous for being the influence, director, and camera operator of the “U.S. Marines urinating on Taliban Corpses” video. The video that caused pandemonium and cynicism across the world. The video that harmed the perception of American soldiers to foreign countries and was the reason behind several retaliation attacks that killed incident lives across the world. Sergeant Jacob Pope received a nonjudicial punishment for his involvement, pled guilty to urinating on human remains, and received a letter of reprimand.
    It is one of many facets of Jacob Pope’s past that has been concealed. Jacob Pope and the other men involved in the video continued to destroy their lives after the video was leaked. Jacob Pope, Robert Richards, and Derek Mages remained close. Their friendship revolving around heavy drug use, illegal steroid use, partying, and cheating. The out of control habits of these men eventually resulted in Robert Richards overdosing on their go to drug, Opana. In addition to the charges associated with his war crime video and drug addiction, there has been several other criminal charges that Jacob Pope has been able to conceal. The most recent being two incidents of Assault on a Female; one in which Jacob Pope was charged with, jailed, and pleaded guilty to in August 2016. He is currently undergoing Anger Management as part as his plea deal with the District Attorney. The Assault on a Female charges are only two incidents that made it to court; there are many other 911 calls and Domestic Violence reports that were made against Jacob Pope. He was repeatedly physically abusive to his former girlfriend; one incident Jacob Pope had straggled her to the point where she became unconscious.
    Now, Jacob Pope has been chosen to receive a mortgage free home by the Homes for Our Troops organization. The story depicted in Jacob Pope’s HFOT video interview is highly exaggerated and does not portray the actuality of his life. There is a different side to Jacob Pope, a detrimental side that was shielded by untruthful depictions. At the time of his HFOT interview, Jacob Pope had a home with his former girlfriend and her son, but did not allow his daughter at his home. Addison had not been in their home over seven months. Jacob Pope became a single parent because of his infidelity to his wife, the mother of Addison. He left his wife, his daughter, and the family they created from their marriage of 10 years to be with his mistress. He is currently involved in a relationship and living with another mistress, which his daughter is not living with. Lies, cheating, and desolation are reoccurring. Jacob Pope’s primary concern was and is not his daughter’s wellbeing. At the time of his HFOT interview, Jacob Pope had previously coached Addison’s soccer team, but it fails to state that he is indefinitely suspended from coaching due to his criminal incidents. Most of the statements he made can be creditably invalidated.
    At the time of his HFOT interview, Jacob Pope was able to portray an ideal situation to gain sympathy and supporters in order to receive a mortgage free home. If the truth was portrayed, would the circumstances remain the same? If people or the sponsors knew the truth about who Jacob Pope truly is, would they allow themselves to support such a disgraceful individual?

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