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Video raises fear of abuse by US military

The US military is to probe an online video purportedly showing soldiers urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The video shows what appears to be four servicemen, dressed in US military uniform and apparently aware of the camera, relieving themselves onto three bloodied corpses.

The Pentagon has not yet verified the video, but spokesman John Kirby said that "regardless of the circumstances or who is in the video, this is... egregious, disgusting behaviour, unacceptable for anyone in uniform. It turned my stomach."