A US Marine sergeant is demoted after pleading guilty to urinating on dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. In 2012, a video circulated showing 4 Marines urinating on 3 corpses. The incident increased tensions between the United States and Afghanistan. Sergeant Robert Richards is one of 8 Marines to be punished for the incident, which occurred in July 2011 during a counter-insurgency operation in Helmand province. Al-Jazeera reports Richards was earlier charged with dereliction of duty, violation of a lawful general order, and conduct prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the armed forces. The Marine Corps says in a statement Richards pleaded guilty to two counts at a court martial session in North Carolina Wednesday.
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