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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
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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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556.

Me again    

Burning bodies is for health reasons. Dead bodies rot and create disease. Local dogs eat the rotting flesh and then go back to the village, interact with the kids and spread the disease.

Going through the pockets of the enemy: it is to search for intelligence: aka: notes on upcoming battles, names of leaders, maps, positions of the enemy. etc.

250 days ago
557.

Mills    

All, if you look closely at the before pics, those bodies had been there for some time...the picture that shows the individual pouring gas if you look at the outstretched arm you can see where part of the arm is rotting away...also by looking at the face of the deceased you can see how much the face has began to decompose as well...in the last pic is shows them removing maybe clothing from skeletal remains, but none of the grass around that body is charred...meaning that the body had been there for some time....i am not condoning said actions, but by looking at the pics and state of the bodies, these afghans were dead a long time before these marines stumbled upon them...just sayin

250 days ago
558.

Matt    

They should have been issued flamethrowers so they could have burned them alive. What a bunch of ******* we have in this country right now.

250 days ago
559.

MadCharles    

When I walked into a village deep in the jungles of Vietnam and found toddlers with boot prints for faces
I probably would have burned the bodies of the owners of the boot print had I caught them.
Until you've been there you have no idea...

rvn70/71

250 days ago
560.

fanouslucas    

Here's a little bit people may not realize...we warned everyone in that city that if they don't get out of the city they are considered enemy combatants thus they are subject to being engaged and eliminated...The job of the United States Marines in combat is to close with and engage the enemy... thus it's to KILL THE ENEMY KILL THEN not arrest, not give comfort, not play nice, this is the harsh realities of war people are going to be killed, over the past 200+ years the Marine Corps has become extremely proficient at killing the enemy and securing the battlefield. THIS is a small sampling of that effectiveness in battle and I would venture to say is not nearly as graphic or horrendous as it gets.

250 days ago
561.

lol@u    

It's not the responsibility of our Troops to bury the enemy's dead or to honor their religious final wishes. If the enemy had any honor themselves they would take care of their own dead. Those bodies were obviously lying around a while creating a health risk. Burning was probably the best way to dispose of them. Stick to reporting entertainment BS, TMZ.

250 days ago
562.

jay    

We should boycott all the oil that comes to our peaceloving USA. We should also stop our educated people from going to work in the middle east. Those bastards won't let us pay any taxes. That would teach them arabs a thing or two.

250 days ago
563.

Whoahorsywhoa    

Those people over there hate us and want us dead at all costs. The only thing that motivates people is fear. There is no talking to them who want us dead. I say let our soldiers do their job and keep our noses out of it. For those speaking out about this, go do a tour or two THEN cry foul.

250 days ago
564.

Rico    

THose retards chop off people heads and we're upset we burn dead bodies? lol..this country is full of crybabies.

250 days ago
565.

Bill    

With all the Christians being murdered over there with no coverage, this is a non-story.

These guys are soldiers, until you are a soldier seeing death and carnage almost every day - you have no business passing judgement on anyone 'mugging' with a corpse.
It's an outlet in most cases, and as such doesn't bother me a bit.

250 days ago
566.

Ed    

So what. Look at what those Muslim pukes do to our people. At least these insurgents were dead, unlike how our people have been alive.

250 days ago
567.

Mommaw B    

Remember they get ORDERS but as it goes in the military all crap rolls down hill. But we also know no ranking officer will get in trouble only the soldiers following the orders will.

250 days ago
568.

tejanodude    

Well the muslim phucks got what they deserved. Shot dead. Bastards are not going to get a burial as it is against their cult. American GI's just do the next best thing in preventing the spread of diseases and burn the body. But you Libphucks wouldn't know that would you? TMZ sucks for running this one sided story. Show us what the religion of peace does to those against sharia law. Beheadings, dismemberment, genitalia mutilation and the list goes on and on. But you libphucks and TMZ don't want to admit that do you?

250 days ago
569.

Nickole     

I have no problem with what those marines did. Those pictures were taken 10 years ago - it was war. These are our boys out there risking their lives for us the least we can do is have their backs and assume it was something that had to be done.

250 days ago
570.

jsibauste    

It looks to me that these soldiers may have run into several decomposing bodies as I can see by the loss of flesh and muscle and the skulls around the area. It looks like they may have been burning the corpses to prevent the spread of disease. These definitely are not fresh kills.

250 days ago
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