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Remains of 274 US soldiers sent to landfill in Virginia

The remains of many more US troops have been dumped in a Virginia landfill than the military originally acknowledged, it was reported today.

The Washington Post said the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 troops were sent to the King George County Landfill in Virginia.

The report was based on database information at the Dover Air Base mortuary, where the remains of most war dead return.

The families of the dead authorised the military to dispose of the remains respectfully and with dignity. They were unaware of the landfill dumping, and US Air Force officials told the Post they had no plans now to alert the families.

Military policy or regulations did not formally approve the practice. The mortuary has handled the remains of more than 6,300 troops since 2001.

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