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Former U.S. Defense Secretary

The Iraq Burning Body Photos

Should Be Investigated

1/17/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates thinks the Pentagon and the Marine Corps are doing the right thing by investigating the graphic photos showing Marines who are burning the bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents. 

TMZ broke the story ... we obtained 41 pics -- some way too graphic to post -- which show marines pouring gasoline or some other flammable on 2 bodies and then lighting them on fire.  There's another pic of a marine mugging for the camera next to a body, and another showing a U.S. soldier riffling through the pocket of a body.

The Marine Corp has launched a formal investigation and the Pentagon told TMZ they're taking it seriously because it's a military crime to mishandle bodies.

BTW ... Gates is in a cervical neck brace -- he fell at his home on New Year's Day and fractured his first vertebrae.

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24 COMMENTS

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1.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Shut up Gates

193 days ago
2.

Tarington    

Let's just drudge up more painful reminders of why we shouldn't have been there in the first place ('cause it did so much for the Middle East, right, given very same types of people we fought have returned to control region). It's been 10 years! Someone pissed off someone else and the photos were leaked!

What about all the dead soldiers and innocent people that died too (obviously in vain now that militant groups aka insurgents have returned to power/control)?

193 days ago
3.

Elliot Rodger    

These photos should not be investigated, the troops were just following orders. I love doing shows as a tribute to our troops. These guys are great.

193 days ago
4.

Leslie    

Pretend to be offended for awhile and they'll pretend to care and then it will fade into the nothingness it originally was anyway.

193 days ago
5.

*_* JUST A FRIEND *_*    

!!! LMFAO !!! Did TMZ really expect something other than a politically correct answer???...No story here...,thank you for playing...please try again... !!! TESTIFY !!!

193 days ago
6.

NOT ELMO    

PRES. OBAMA IS A GOOD MAN BUT (THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AKA OBAMACARE) IS NOT WHAT WE AND OUR BRAVE AMERICAN TROOPS NEED, WE NEED (THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL HEALTH CARE ACT) TO BE THE LAW FOR ALL OUR MEDICAL NEEDS. ------------ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_National_Health_Care_Act

193 days ago
7.

Cran    

Then we should investigate you shouldn't we? You should shut your mouth and head back into the woods you came from we do not care what you think.

193 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

ROBERT GATES IS AN ASSH0LE................HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT / 2O16

193 days ago
9.

Dave    

Certainly there is no justification for abusing a body, but you should remove the reference to checking the pockets of a dead combatant. Why wouldn't you check to see if they have any written intelligence in their pockets after a firefight?

193 days ago
10.

Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

They followed orders, leave them alone. The radicals do far worse to people when they are alive.

193 days ago
11.

Jordan    

Mr. Secretary it did happen on your watch, but I guess you just forgot to put that chapter in your worthless book!!!!!!

193 days ago
12.

queenE    

In the photos you can clearly see that the bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition. Obviously it was a health hazard to have dogs gnawing and chewing on them. That spreads disease. The U.S. has to say they will investigate to combat all of the extremists who get fueled by the jerks who post this stuff. Posting these photos is anti-American! Show some loyalty. Support our troops! Stop fueling hate against America because you're putting my family members in jeopardy! TMZ you SUCK!

193 days ago
13.

Daniel Thrasher    

i have no dog in the fight. but just looking at the fact that the bodies were already burned at the time that they were "dowsing them in gasoline" I'm assuming that what we are looking at is actually WATER being poured on a burnt body. But then again, I'm looking at this from my own view and not what TMZ wants me to see.

193 days ago
14.

kitnplayn    

Most Americans are basically dead inside.

192 days ago
15.

Smackrunner    

So let me gets this straight they can grab a knife a and rip our heads off . In war there body's catch on fire and with no proof how the body's got set on fire they want to investigate what??? It's war!!!! That **** will happen all the time !!! In war you don't ask the other guy so if and this is if how would you like me to kill you??? You know why he won't ask you that's for sure and if he can film it he will. What a bunch of stupid ****s this why we are where we are. Then we give him aid, kiss there ass and say I'm sorry?? Wake up America wake up! Stop putting your country in jail over **** like this after all we sent them to fight let them fight dam

192 days ago
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