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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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TT    

If its true then they are s***s for not respecting the dead. Its a wonder why the world hate us.

96 days ago
2.

Truth is    

Why so horrid?? Do unto others.......evilness never wins!!

96 days ago
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BLUE UGLY đź’©    

Not anymore disturbing than what the towelhead terrorists have been doing around the world for decades

96 days ago
4.

NOT ELMO    

USA PRESIDENT BARRY OBAMA IS A GOOD MAN BUT I DON'T THINK (THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AKA OBAMACARE) IS THE SOLUTION FOR AMERICA'S MEDICAL NEEDS, WE AND OUR BRAVE TROOPS NEED (THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL HEALTH CARE ACT) TO BE THE LAW. ---------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_National_Health_Care_Act

96 days ago
5.

West Coast Baby    

And what is the problem? Next jerkoff!

96 days ago
6.

WTF    

I'd rather see the grahic human remains blurred out and the jerk wads who are commiting these crimes revealed. It looks like some of them are proud of their work- let them have their moment of fame TMZ!

96 days ago
7.

Breaking Bones    

something to be proud of...not!

96 days ago
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john     

Their goes our proud army recruits. Bunch of high school drop out losers. They do this and come back to the states and try to play the "army card" all the time? f these guys. being in the military is not something to be proud of. making a real living through college or hard word is something to be proud of. not going into the military because you have nothing left

96 days ago
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Casey    

Thanks TMZ For putting our military in more harms way. did you not stop and think about the ramifications. The tensions already bad enough without you causing another international incident These men put their life on the line daily so people like you have the freedom to gossip everday. Stick to your low life stars and leave military out of it!

96 days ago
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trini_angel    

And then Americans wonder why most of the world despise them......2 wrongs don't make a right and this is JUST WRONG AND DISRESPECTFUL!!!

96 days ago
11.

DrTyrell    

CALL OF DUTY has done its duty! Created animals out of humans. Thanks MOM!

96 days ago
12.

So what?     

So the bodies were rotting and being eaten by dogs? Sounds like they needed to be disposed of in a hygenic manner, like burning. I'd venture to guess soldiers have found the need to burn dead bodies in just about every conflict since the invention of fire. War is hell.

96 days ago
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LordGobblecock    

Lets be honest, the army attracts a lot of drop out losers and morons. Many would end up in prison if they didnt choose the army instead.

96 days ago
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*_* JUST A FRIEND *_*    

There in a war zone, these are fear tactics... They do it to send a message to all those fighting for the enemy...
The military will tell civilians what they Know civilians want to hear...They are well aware of these practices but know better than to admit it to the public...
If civilians think they can do a better job than the soldiers in the pictures, they are welcomed to join the military and try to do so...
Unfortunately we don't live in a world that knows how to exist without war yet...War is the business of killing for profit ...Unless soldiers are mistreating or killing innocent people, soldiers shouldn't be punished for being soldiers...!!! TESTIFY !!!

96 days ago
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James25    

I'm a veteran myself so this makes me especially mad because those two idiots make the entire military look bad in front of the whole world. I hope they get big punishments to help deter any such dumb acts in the future.

96 days ago
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