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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

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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Seems appropriate.
How else would you have solders treat the bodies of people who were killed trying to kill those soldier.
Insurgents are not uniformed, they should be treated like spies and saboteurs .
If I were one of those soldiers I'd take a piss on those corpses before setting them alight.

277 days ago


TMZ, lay off the military reporting!!!! This response was due to your initial reporting of this incident..... Men & women are putting their lives on the line & on the front lines to enable people like you to continue to print gossip .... ENOUGH!!

277 days ago

arale norimaki    

“President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq…

On at least 532 separate occasions, Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both.”

On July 2004, the Republican majority led Senate Select Committee released the Intelligence Senate Report on Iraqi WMD Intelligence, which identified numerous failures in intelligence gathering and “analysis” (i.e., interpretation). However, Republicans defended the Bush administration’s statements on Iraq.

An investigation into the administration’s use of the intelligence was delayed for three years due to Republicans claiming it wasn’t as important (Senator Roberts, R-KS) as other pending items. Phase two of the investigation was released in 2007, but not all of the report was released. It determined, “our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence.”

277 days ago


When I see this it just makes me think that they're doing what they've been trained to do.....kill the enemy. Granted they took it too far, but what do you expect when that's what you train them for.

277 days ago

That Guy    

They do that, yet give Osama a "respectable burial"...

277 days ago

laura wood    

So sick of the blame America first PC stories. Boring, typical.

276 days ago


Who ever posted them pictures should be getting b!tch slapped! Those men fought for this country and in my book are considered hero's. War is ugly- people die and people burn. Our people are once again throwing down their lives for wars that aren't even ours - watching their brothers die.Who gives 2 $hit$ about these primitive people's--

276 days ago
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