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No way to tell this story other than to just tell -- straight because it's so disturbing on so many levels here.
I US military records -- that the air force dumped the remains.
I've at least 274.
In -- Virginia landfill and that number is far greater than the military had previously acknowledged.
Before stopping this -- practiced three years ago Jennifer Griffin is live at the Pentagon.
With more on that you just taken that image of the dampening in that got -- many things go through your mind Jennifer what what was the air force doing.
With the -- Of our troops.
Well -- and this is the type of story that should rock this building and should cause heads to roll at the air force I remember when Secretary Gates found out three years ago.
That the Dover it mortuary was taking the cream -- remains of service members and -- -- them in a pet cemetery mortuary.
That it appears with just the tip of the iceberg what has been revealed in a investigation by the Washington Post.
Is that the air force which runs Dover a mortuary was essentially taking the remains of 274.
Military personnel as you -- it mentioned.
The parts of those.
Those who had been killed.
Between 2004 and 2008 there were more than 17100.
Fragments that were cream -- and sent to this king Georgia landfill in Virginia essentially a trash dump.
The revelations came about.
After a four year.
Investigation by the widow of Sargent Scott Smith he was in a bomb disposal unit had been killed in July 2006 and she kept asking questions kept asking questions of the air force.
Where the remains of her husband had gone and eventually she got the answer and when she got the answer she shared it with the Washington Post and that's how we know about the story.
He's unbelievable what you mentioned that this is it's have a story and that should have rocked the building that -- and is it it are we getting attacked her reaction from the Pentagon.
Well the air force has been slow to react the Defense Secretary spokesman who I spoke to this morning George Little.
Says that the secretary is aware of the story and he is supporting right now.
The what a practice that began in 2008 which is to bury the -- made it remains at C.
But the air force says that there were so many pieces coming back from -- the war in Iraq and Afghan wars in Iraq connected.
Afghanistan that they could not DNA match all of those fragments.
And what I know from my experience when I covered suicide bombings in Israel.
Israel had a very very quick this system to match all the DNA of anybody who was killed in a suicide bomb blast so that they can be given a proper Jewish burial within 24 hours.
So the fact that the air force says that there wasn't a technique.
To match those fragments -- is not true from my experience Jenna.
It's really interesting contacts you have very upsetting story will continue to keep our viewers up to gain on.
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