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Video of 'urinating US soldiers' won't stop talks: Taliban

Footage of US Marines urinating on dead bodies of Afghanis not to stop talks, says Taliban while saying video is a small example of US crimes in the occupied country

AFP , Thursday 12 Jan 2012

An online video apparently showing US Marines urinating on the bloodied corpses of slain Afghan insurgents would not affect peace talks, a Taliban spokesman said Thursday.

"I don't think this new issue will affect negotiations which at this stage are mainly about prisoner exchange," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed told AFP.

The Taliban said in a statement earlier that they had increased their "political efforts to come to mutual understanding with the world" to bring about peace in Afghanistan, while warning that they had not abandoned jihad.

The US military said it was investigating the "disgusting" footage of what appears to be four servicemen dressed in United States military uniform relieving themselves onto three bodies.

If authentic, the images -- which conjure up previous abuses committed by US troops during the decade-long war -- could spark deep anger and resentment in Afghanistan and the wider Muslim world.

"This is an inhumane and savage act by the American soldiers in Afghanistan," Mujahed said. "This is a small example of the crimes that they have been committing against the people of Afghanistan for the past 10 years."

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