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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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46.

IEZ    

Tmz u are a bunch of douche bags! You don't know the cir***stances. You weren't there. I bet none of u *****s have ever done any military service. Now your gonna mess up a bunch of peoples lives for some god damn insurgents who were probably trying to kill them.

260 days ago
47.

Coupe09    

Ooweee...Obama's going to have this removed tmz.

260 days ago
48.

Pure Evil    

**** the towel heads. **** these soldiers over there for No good reason. And **** anyone that thinks this won't happen again.

260 days ago
49.

Moe Greene    

This is a ten year old story who cares? Next.

260 days ago
50.

KellyBFan    

the Iraq war (with all the deaths, rendition, disappearances, torture, corruption, massacres, rapes, dronings, etc) was based on a presidential lie ... so it's honorable for the "2 1/2 service members" to have served there ... bwahahahahahaha!!!

260 days ago
51.

consumergirl    

This is soooo stupid, TMZ. You are going to get innocent Americans killed over this. You didn't have to post these.

260 days ago
52.

lgwelsh1    

War is a dirty business, there are things that take place that 99.999.....will never be able to grasp or comprehend.

This is just a snippet.

260 days ago
53.

Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

Even for you guys this is way beyond the lines...all this will do will make more civilians in the Middle East hate the U.S., i.e.; by posting these pics you've put soldiers that are there to protect us even in more danger. Guys, just stick to "Eggate" with Beiber!

260 days ago
54.

Mare    

I don't have a problem with them burning dead bodies, but I do have a problem with soldiers posing for a photo op. Bring our troops home. We've spent enough money and have lost enough lives.

260 days ago
55.

Dee Kat    

PTSD I wunder y.

260 days ago
56.

News Flash     

We should make no judgement upon these soldiers because we're not there.

260 days ago
57.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Thanks but no thanks. I already know sh*t happens in war time. I don't need a pictorial.

260 days ago
58.

PeopleDoTheMost    

Can you please you nut heads at TMZ stick to entertainment garbage you report on. You have triggered violence against any American in the Middle East especially the soldiers! There was no need to release such info to the general public. Not to excuse what those soldiers in question did. Yes they need to be held accountable because that's not how they should conduct themselves.

260 days ago
59.

Kassie    

I won't look at the pictures and TMZ you are disgusting. I don't condone what is supposedly in the pictures, but screw you all who have never served and never placed yourself before others to criticize these guys. They serve and put their lives on the line so you don't and you have the audacity to criticize. If you don't like it, you go serve and then see if you feel the same way.

260 days ago
60.

nusse    

Those insurgents got what they deserved.

260 days ago
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