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Photograph disturbs Muslim group

April 12, 2004 at 8:16 PM

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- A Muslim advocacy group Monday urged Pentagon officials to investigate an Internet picture, which it says is tarnishing the U.S. image among Muslims.

The photograph shows U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Ted Boudreaux Jr. standing next to two Iraqi boys, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said. One of the boys holds a cardboard sign that reads "Cpl. Boudreaux killed my Dad, (then) he knocked up my sister!"

The photo has been circulating around the Internet for at least a month.

"We're asking was it legitimate, what were the circumstances ... or was it a joke?" said council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

Boudreaux is a reservist with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines. The New Orleans-based infantry unit deployed to the Kut area of Iraq in May and returned home in mid-September.

Marine Corps spokesmen said an investigation is under way, but its results may not be released for another week or two.

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