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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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526.

Paul    

And???? What's the problem here? Until you've been over there and have been willing to sacrifice your life for your country, shut the f**k up.

279 days ago
527.

Kimberly    

Ohhhh, hold up Capt'n Crunch,, YES, this kibd of thing is ABSOLUTELY, what EVERY war-mongering, military hand-puppet, such as yourself, has NO problem Knowing THIS goes on, you just have a problem with the rest of us KNOWING!!

279 days ago
528.

LIZARD_KING    

All it takes is one ass hole to leak these pics, who ever leaked these should be ashamed of them selves, now weak Americans are going to say how marines were killing innocent people an they shouldn't have been doing these horrible things....bull screw those people and screw that country lets not forget about all the marines who died in Iraq and the bodies These ass holes were dragging through there town phrasing the death of an American........**** happens in war it's either you or them......if your a marine it's always them I would have takin a **** on those insurgents

279 days ago
529.

TG    

Whoever wrote this under the freedoms and safety these Marines are out there fighting for, when you wake up in the morning and roll out of your warm comfy bed, if you wanted to contribute to the Souper Hero campaign in order to help send soup and hand warmers to our troops freezing cold in Afghanistan right now.

279 days ago
530.

MikeBenvito    

Lmao who ever goes to fight for the US army is a dumb **** and deserves to die, you're government created a fake war you **** heads

279 days ago
531.

JDS    

To everyone rushing to judgment that does not know what they are talking about... just because there are pictures of Marines burning bodies does not mean that they are doing so for "revenge" or being barbaric. They are doing so to reduce chances of Marines catching diseases that can grown in dead human flesh. If you lived next to bloated dead bodies for a while you might understand.

278 days ago
532.

Jerrystinger    

If this is "news" and PTSD is "news," ten years from now we'll have another sensationalized "newsworthy" story on Iraqi Veterans like we had in Vietnam. No new news here.

278 days ago
533.

YeahOkay    

HAHAHAHA "Too gruesome" Try seeing that stuff almost every day for 15 months. You people have NO IDEA. Lmao, try seeing a newborn baby COOKED by the taliban and served to the child's family because they wouldn't join them. You people have not the slightest clue.

278 days ago
534.

free    

Let's keep this simple. They're dead.

278 days ago
535.

V    

War is war, if I was pinned down next to a dead body I might burn it too. This all comes down to people wanting to respect a stupid religion called Islam. It would not be an issue if they were LRA bodies.

278 days ago
536.

free    

Let's keep it simple, the pictures aren't gruesome at all, they show the enemies body being disposed of through cremation. As to flies and dogs., we all saw that with the starving UNICEF pictures of African kids starving and the war in Angola, etc etc. I don't want the job to bury rotting or burned remains, but I will pour the gas any day and light the fire. Then the fact that these are our enemies at war. This changes everything from what we as civilians would think do or act.. I will bet the average undisciplined civilian caught in a war like situation would kill everybody and ask questions later.

278 days ago
537.

BallZack    

I suppose all these pro-military anti-middle eastern comments failed to see the end of the article where a Colonel (not some discharged low rank grunt) said, "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."

278 days ago
538.

Trish    

Our news sources in the US are our main problem. You love to get a pic and spin the crap out of it for money ratings. You don't even know who killed these people. It damn well could have been their own government. Their may have been a very good reason to depose of the bodies this way. Oh yeah it's against their religion. Well it's against my religion to see our soldiers and family members drug thru the streets with their genitals cut off and hung ftom bridges or maybe to have my family members head cut off with a dull knife on their news for everyone to see and cheer about. Just more crap for you guys to make our military look like such aeful people.

278 days ago
539.

P    

If you have not been to war simply don't talk bad about something you could never understand.

278 days ago
540.

LemurMom    

Oh wow so proud of these marines! Giving a little taste to those filthy fuks like those filthy fuks

278 days ago
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