Photos of Marines allegedly burning Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah in 2004 have been published by the entertainment website TMZ.com, and now the military is investigating the matter.
The city, home to some of the bloodiest battles of Operation Iraqi Freedom, has also been in the news in recent weeks since al Qaeda has reasserted control over much of the city.
Col. Steven Warren, Director of Press Operations for the Dept. of Defense, told 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.”
In the photos released by TMZ, a Marine is shown pouring a flammable liquid on dead Iraqi insurgents. In another photo the insurgents charred body is engulfed in flames.
“We are aware of photos appearing on TMZ.com that depict individuals in U.S. Marine uniforms burning what appear to be human remains,” Navy Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.
“The actions depicted in these photos are not what we expect from our service members, nor do they represent the honorable and professional service of the more than 2.5 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
TMZ claims to have 41 different photos, many which are “too gruesome” to publish.
“The U.S. military is investigating photos that appear to depict Marines burning the bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004,” a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.
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