CAIRO - Egypt's prestigious seat of Sunni learning, al-Azhar, condemned on Friday an incident of what appears to be American forces urinating on dead Taliban fighters and described it as "a flagrant violation" of the sanctity of the fighters.
The video, posted on YouTube and other websites, shows four men in camouflage Marine combat uniforms urinating on three corpses. One of them jokes: "Have a nice day, buddy." Another makes a lewd joke.
"This is a flagrant violation of the sanctity of the Afghani martyrs, and it is shocking to the most basic principles of human civilization," a senior adviser to Grand Imam of al-Azhar told Reuters.
The images reinforced a sense in the Muslim world that US military campaigns in Afghanistan from 2001 and Iraq from 2003, were - far from bringing peace and democracy - an opportunity to assert US power over Muslim populations.