Photos Depict US Marines Burning Iraqis

warcrimesJon Queally writes at Common Dreams:

Photographs obtained and posted on the entertainment and gossip website TMZ reportedly show U.S. Marines burning the bodies of Iraqi opponents in the aftermath of a military battle in the city of Fallujah, Iraq in 2004.

If deemed authentic, the grisly photos would be the latest evidence of U.S. soldiers treating dead enemy soldiers in a manner contrary to their claims of noble performance on the battlefield.

In response to the emergence of the images, the U.S. military has launched an internal investigation.

“We are aware of photos appearing on 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.”

As the website itself reports:

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.

The “gruesome” images from Fallujah come as the city, battered by U.S. forces during the first year of the war instigated by President George W. Bush, is once again in the news as internal violence has pitched Sunni militias angered at the Iraqi government of President Nouri al-Maliki against the Iraqi Army. As the Washington Post reports:

Fallujah, a city in Anbar province in western Iraq, has been the scene of three-way fighting in recent weeks pitting a rejuvenated force affiliated with al-Qaeda against local tribes and Iraqi government forces. The al-Qaeda-linked militants claimed to have captured Fallujah on Jan. 3, raising their flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.

Fallujah was where Marines fought the bloodiest battle of the Iraq war, ultimately taking control of the city. Nearly 100 U.S. troops were killed there in November 2004 in the military’s deadliest battle since the Vietnam War. Roughly a third of the 4,486 U.S. troops killed in Iraq died in Anbar province trying to defeat al-Qaeda in Iraq.

For Iraqis in Fallujah, many of whom remember a series of brutal assaults by U.S. forces with scant regard for civilian life, the legacy of those battles remain in the form of residual impacts from depleted uranium munitions used during the battles and destroyed infrastructure that has yet to be repaired.

  • American Cannibal

    Par for the course. How else you gonna own a war-zone without bloodlust? Trust me, I know.

  • Juan

    Sickening. But anything that will make these monsters look bad is fine with me. The more people that know about this the better.
    Though, as usual, I am fairly certain that nothing will come of this. Or if it does, it’ll be the usual “a few bad apples” bullshit in which one or two patsies will be sacrificed in the interest of public opinion, then the mass murder and brutality will continue as always.
    These are not heroes; they are murderous PIGS. Fuck them all!

    • American Cannibal

      You really hate pigs.

      • Juan

        Yes, but I love bacon. Mmmm, bacon.

        • American Cannibal

          Bacon causes cancer.

          • mannyfurious

            We all gotta die of something. Dying from eating bacon is hardly the worst way…..

          • American Cannibal

            IDK. Stomach cancer is a horribly painful way to go.

          • mannyfurious

            Good point.

            But: Bacon.

          • Juan

            Dude, breathing causes cancer.

          • American Cannibal

            Disqus causes cancer.

          • Cortacespedes

            True, true…of course it depends on what you’re breathing.

            And most people in populated, industrial areas have no choice about what goes into their lungs.

  • Cortacespedes

    Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima… Nagasaki..etc…Nukes and napalm, white phosphorus…Ever since the Romans burned Carthage to the ground this is the way of power.

    Done en masse, it’s apparently acceptable to TPTB.

    All part of our “noble” human history. The price of empire.

  • BuzzCoastin

    indict, prosecute & jail those resposible for the lies that sent them there
    and then downsize the Gestapo to a defense force
    and then thank these jarheads
    for helping us do that

  • InfvoCuernos

    They burned the DEAD bodies? That’s what freaks people out about Iraq? Really? The whole goddamn episode is going to look like the holocaust when history looks back on it. Just look up the numbers on “Shock and Awe” if you think I’m exaggerating(well, maybe a bit…).

    • Calypso_1

      Your not exaggerating, add in the sanctions too.

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    There is nothing new or uncommon about mutilation during war. The time to protest this was before the invasion began.

  • Oginikwe

    “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil” by Philip Zimbardo should be required reading for all seniors in high school.