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Anti-Defamation League pleased with Marine reaction to Nazi symbol picture

February 10, 2012 |  4:20 pm

The national Anti-Defamation League has praised the Marine Corps and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for taking "clear and immediate" steps in response to a picture showing Marines from Camp Pendleton posed in front of a flag bearing a Nazi symbol.

Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos on Friday ordered an additional investigation to determine whether other reconnaissance battalions and scout-sniper squads are using such symbols. He also ordered Sgt. Major Micheal Barrett to immediate talk to Marines in such units to forcefully restate the Marine Corps' opposition to the use of Nazi and "other unauthorized" symbols.

Amos today spoke to Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL, to apologize for the picture and pledge that the Marine Corps will not tolerate the use of Nazi symbols or imagery.

Foxman later issued a statement saying that he was pleased that Amos promised to "ensure that troops are appropriately sensitized in the future to all the reasons why Nazi imagery and symbols have no place in the U.S. Armed Services."

The picture was taken in Afghanistan in 2010 and surfaced recently on a private company's website.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego