The photos first obtained by TMZ show a horrific death scene ... U.S. troops dousing and burning corpses in Fallujah back in 2004. Our story triggered a military investigation, but our sources say no disciplinary action was taken.
Portions of the investigative file have now been made public, and one Marine told investigators the temp in Iraq at the time was a scorching 135 degrees and the carcasses were exploding in the streets from the heat. They decided the only course of action was to burn the bodies.
The Marine said that the troops could “literally taste the corpses” because the smell was so awful, and it lowered morale.
There were other reasons too. Starving wild dogs often attacked troops as they fed on the dead.