?Hadji Girl? song was only a joke: US Marine
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?Hadji Girl? song was only a joke: US Marine

In the four-minute video, a singer who appears to be a Marine, tells a cheering audience about gunning down members of an Iraqi woman's family.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 10:41 IST

A Marine Corps corporal seen in a video signing about killing members of an Iraqi family says the song was only a joke and not tied in any way to allegations that Marines killed as many as two dozen unarmed civilians in Haditha last year.

"It's a song that I made up and it was nothing more than something supposed to be funny, based off a catchy line of a movie," Corporal Joshua Belile told The Daily News of Jacksonville.

"I apologise for any feelings that may have been hurt in the Muslim community. This song was written in good humour and not aimed at any party, foreign or domestic."

In a four-minute video called "Hadji Girl," a singer who appears to be a Marine tells a cheering audience about gunning down members of an Iraqi woman's family after they confront him with automatic weapons.

Major Shawn Haney, a Marine spokeswoman, said Wednesday the Marine Corps was looking into the matter.

"The video, which was posted anonymously, is clearly inappropriate and contrary to the high standards expected of all Marines," she said in a statement.

In an interview with The Daily News, Belile said he wrote "Hadji Girl" in September while in Iraq.

He said his buddies enjoyed the song and pushed him on stage with his guitar. Someone taped the performance and posted it on the Internet, but it has since been removed from the Web site where it was initially posted.

The song tells the story of a Marine who falls in love with an Iraqi girl and is taken to meet her family.

The girl's family shoots her and then attacks the Marine, who uses her younger sister as a shield and watches blood spray from her head.

He then sings about blowing the father and brother "to eternity."

"I think it was a joke that is trying to be taken seriously," said Belile, who learned the video was on the Internet after he returned from Iraq in March.

"I think it's a joke, and anybody who tries to take it seriously knows it's a joke. People can't just laugh at it and let it go."

First Published: Jun 15, 2006 02:45 IST