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Arrogance audacity - Remains of US troops treated like trash

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Published on Nov 19, 2011

US military mortuary workers have revealed that the remains of many US service members are treated like garbage, Press TV reports.


According to three US mortuary workers, the remains of dozens of US soldiers who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan have been lost, burned, and even thrown away like garbage in the Dover Air Force Base's landfill in Delaware.

The three added that such orders were authorized by their superiors, who asked them to remain silent on the matter. Two of the three workers were later fired.

Recent investigations have shed light onto the abuse of the remains of the soldiers.

Although investigators found a pattern of 'gross mismanagement,' none of the supervisors responsible were fired. Instead, two were transferred and the commander of the unit was given a reprimand.

Earlier, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the recent revelations have prompted him to consider imposing tougher punishment on those responsible for the incidents.

The revelations come one year after the Arlington National Cemetery scandal, which revealed the misidentification of remains.

At least 6,325 US service members have lost their lives since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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