The U.S. military is investigating new gruesome photos that reportedly show Marines burning dead bodies in Iraq.
The disturbing images were shot in Fallujah in 2004, according to TMZ, which said it published only eight of 41 pictures. Some show a Marine pouring gasoline on the bodies of slain Iraqi insurgents.
Another shows a Marine posing for the camera next to a skull. A final one shows a Marine checking the pockets of a corpse.
The photos appear to depict violations of military code requiring service members handle remains in accordance with Islamic custom and that troops do not pose in photos of bodies, said Col. Steve Warren, director of press operations for the Department of Defense.
The investigation into the images presents a challenge because the faces of the service members are blurred, Warren added. It was unclear if the photos were blurred by TMZ or whoever turned them over to the gossip site. Warren noted that the military had yet to confirm the photographs were indeed taken in Fallujah.