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Iraqi Death Scene

Pics of Marines Burning Bodies

Trigger U.S. Military Investigation [PHOTOS]

1/15/2014 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The United States military is conducting a formal investigation into American soldiers burning the dead bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents.

TMZ obtained 41 pictures that we're told were shot in Fallujah in 2004.  Two pictures show a Marine appearing to pour gasoline or some other flammable on the remains of what officials believe are 2 insurgents.  Two other photos show the bodies on fire.  You then see charred remains.

Another photo shows a Marine crouched down next to a dead body and mugging for the camera.

Still another pic shows a Marine rifling through the pocket of the pants on a corpse.

We have not included all of the photos.  Many are just too gruesome.  There are well over a dozen bodies in the pics and some are covered with flies and one is being eaten by a dog.

We turned them all over to the Pentagon last week, and a Pentagon official tells us the pics have triggered a Marine Corps investigation.

We're told U.S. Central Command -- the organization in charge of military operations in the Middle East -- also reviewed the photos to determine if they had been previously brought to their attention and determined they had not.

Col. Steve Warren, Director of Press Operations for the Dept. of Defense, tells TMZ ... the pictures appear to show U.S. soldiers in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice ... which makes it a crime to mishandle remains.

There is no statute of limitations on the crime -- even if the soldiers are now private citizens ... they can still be prosecuted, which could land them behind bars.

Col. Warren tells TMZ,  "The actions that are depicted in these photos are not in any way representative of the honorable, professional service of the 2 1/2  million service members who went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade."

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traitorwithinme    

Tmz = terrorists mingling zealots

249 days ago
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Valerie    

Selling out our troops TMZ?? Pathetic! I'm done with your site. Remember it's those you just sold out who make it possible for you to even have a site to begin with. You should be ashamed of what you've done, not brag about it.

249 days ago
33.

DiM    

Please REMOVE this TMZ - any tact at all???

249 days ago
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DiM    

People come to gossip sites for a bit of a laugh and escapism from real sh it like this. Again, it isn't the place. Please REMOVE.

249 days ago
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Laurie123    

War is hell, and our military sees atrocious and unbelievably violent and gruesome acts, every single day. They become desensitized to things that would normally shock them. Unfortunately, for some, wtho knows, they may even take drugs to deal with their daily activities, and are densensitized to the point that they can take pictures with burnt bodies, and not "feel" anything. But they do. So many vets suffer from PTSD, not to mention the high suicide rates. War is hell, pure and simple.

249 days ago
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billybob    

No one of these soldiers is prepared and can be prepared to handle with the terror of war. Everybody has a point beyond which he does things he never thought he could do. And if you see your comrades dying, things get worse.
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But that is how war works, fear and terror turn young man into effective soldiers. And an effective soldier is someone who spreads fear and terror himself! Such occurrences, as terrible as they are, are the fault of our political and military leaders!

249 days ago
37.

annie    

some of you people are moron. its time you read something other than TMZ or other gossip sites to inform you what actually goes on during war (excluding Times and all the other gov bought media). What they do to us pales in comparison to what we do to them. By now we have killed hundreds and thousands of people. to what purpose? what war are we fighting? do you even know?

249 days ago
38.

James25    

Somebody brought up the possibility that the Marines may have burned these decomposed bodies to help stop the spread of disease. I didn't even consider that before blasting the Marines. So I guess we should all wait and see what all the facts are before giving a final judgement.

249 days ago
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karen    

Thank you. You have a lot of guts to show this.

249 days ago
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Danal3623    

The government couldn't care less. They train these killers to kill while. You think they REALLY give a s--- what they're doing to the dead bodies? They don't. It's political correctness. It's a joke, our gov on matters like this...

249 days ago
42.

Me0303    

Please remove. It's disgusts me but do you morons give any thought to the risk you put our over seas service members in?! Honestly you are not a news service stop trying. I've heard you all talk, non of you are capable of critical thought. You put targets on American heads by putting this out there. Honestly turning it In to the pentagon was enough. These guys were wrong, but seriously think about the consequences of what you are doing!im do e with this site.

249 days ago
43.

squirrel151    

us native americans use to scalp our ememies, whatever your culture is go with it.

249 days ago
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ganjie    

don't be blind. find the videos on the net of middle easterns chanting allah ackbar cutting off heads and executing people, new videos daily..be aware of whats going on in the world

249 days ago
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zombie007    

Most people in the service are high school rejects and dummies!

249 days ago
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