Alaska soldier ordered to remove Facebook video

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier is under investigation for allegedly posting a video on his Facebook site showing Iraqi children being taunted.

A soldier's voice is heard on the 30-second video asking two young boys if they were gay and if they would grow up to be terrorists.

Army spokesman Maj. Bill Coppernoll says Spc. Robert A. Rodriguez was ordered to remove the video from his site. It wasn't immediately clear if Rodriguez, who is stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, shot the video or just posted it.

Coppernoll says the Army will take appropriate action based on findings of its investigation.

He says the video is "disgraceful and clearly inconsistent" with standards expected of every soldier.

Raleigh, N.C., television station WRAL first reported the video.

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