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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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76.

J    

Some of the comments on here are so ignorant. If someone did this to our service men we would be outraged.

189 days ago
77.

Vote2012    

It's called war....left wing progressive liberals never understand war, they want a bloodless politically correct war. They view the USA as the enemy and view the military as criminals. If this country ever gets invaded who is going to protect the left wing liberals? Hollywood and all the liberals will be begging for protection from the military and any person who owns a gun.

189 days ago
78.

jen    

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City, at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Leaders in most Middle Eastern countries, and Afghanistan, condemned the attacks. Iraq was a notable exception, with an immediate official statement that, "the American cowboys are reaping the fruit of their crimes against humanity"

189 days ago
79.

queenE    

WHY post this!? This will only fuel ignorant extremists and cause more anti-American behaviors. It's disrespectful to post this, especially without all of the facts. I don't appreciate this as an American. Show some loyalty!

189 days ago
80.

Alienchicken    

Whose side are you on TMZ??

189 days ago
81.

Alienchicken    

Tmz you are UnAmerican for running this story.

189 days ago
82.

Swins    

2004 ? Come on.

189 days ago
83.

Nella!    

Why is that soldiers face blurred out? it shouldn't be so he can be recognized and hated on.

189 days ago
84.

JLA    

not saying these things don't take place in war b/c I know they do. There's no way these photos ar.e real

189 days ago
85.

Kay in San Diego    

The dogs eating the carcasses would have spread so many diseases. They did the civilians a favor burning them. Maybe he was rifling thru the pockets for something explosive that would harm people if ignited. Really stupid to post these, what did you pay for these? Probably with American service peoples' lives, just plain dumb!

189 days ago
86.

Mary Ann McQueen    

This is NOT news from the thirty-mile zone. What happen to the concept of entertainment, Hollywood, etc? Stay true to your brand. I'm ALWAYS interested in world news but THIS is here for shock value and publicity.

189 days ago
87.

CoconutScrimp    

"They hate us for our freedom."

Yeah, that's it. Right.

189 days ago
88.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

I'm stepping out here for a minute. Take this shlt down TMZ. Let me tell you why. Unless you've been there you have no idea. No fcuking idea. War is hell. It is an insanity. You are not who you are as a person, a soul or a human being when you are in a war. I didn't want to be in mine but I did as I was asked. You cannot know and you cannot judge unless you have been there. Semper Fi.

189 days ago
89.

zombie    

Fvck you TMZ.

189 days ago
90.

gegeok    

Tmz... No need for pics like this... :-/

189 days ago
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