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The United States Marine Corp and Department of Defense have their hands full with recently leaked pictures circa 2004 of Marines abusing and burning corpses of Iraqi prisoners.

It’s being reported that the pictures happened in Fallujah during one of the initial Operation Iraqi Freedom strikes the US military conducted when the then Saddam Hussein-ruled country was invaded.

TMZ obtained the photos, only opting to post eight of their acquired 41, stating that the sight of dogs eating maggot-infested corpses was too ghastly to share with the world.

In other words, it’s conduct very unbecoming of veteran Soldiers.

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.

We turned them all over to the Pentagon last week, and a Pentagon official tells us the pics have triggered a Marine Corps investigation.

We’re told U.S. Central Command — the organization in charge of military operations in the Middle East — also reviewed the photos to determine if they had been previously brought to their attention and determined they had not.

Col. Steve Warren, Director of Press Operations for the Dept. of Defense, tells TMZ … the pictures appear to show U.S. soldiers in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice … which makes it a crime to mishandle remains.

WSHH may have desensitized us all from many thing but the pics in the gallery are a bit disturbing. Proceed at your own risk.

Photo: TMZ

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