Two U.S. Marines were referred to trial by court martial over their alleged involvement in a video showing troops urinating on dead Taliban fighters and posing for pictures with casualties.
The U.S. Marine Corps announced the criminal charges Monday. The incident allegedly occurred in July 2011 in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
The charges are against Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin and Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola, both based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The two also were charged with other misconduct on the same day as the urination incident. That includes dereliction of duty by failing to properly supervise junior Marines and failing to stop and report misconduct of junior Marines.
Three other Marines were given administrative punishments last month for their role in the urination incident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.