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The Marine Corps’ nude-photo-sharing scandal is even worse than first realized

The scandal that prompted an investigation into hundreds of Marines who are accused of sharing naked photographs of their colleagues in a private Facebook group is much larger than has been reported, Business Insider has learned.

The practice of sharing such photos goes beyond the Marine Corps and one Facebook group. Hundreds of nude photos of female service members from every military branch have been posted to an image-sharing message board that dates back to at least May. A source informed Business Insider of the site’s existence on Tuesday.

The site, called AnonIB, has a dedicated board for military personnel that features dozens of threaded conversations among men, many of whom ask for “wins” — naked photographs — of specific female service members, often identifying the women by name or where they are stationed.

Female Marines

The revelation comes on the heels of an explosive story published on Saturday by the journalist Thomas Brennan . He reported on a Facebook group called Marines United, which was home to approximately 30,000 members who were sharing nude photos of colleagues along with personal information and even encouragement of sexual assault.

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Isis Crisis: Marine Becomes First US Casualty of War

Iraq crisis and first US casualty announced

A US marine has been killed in Baghdad, during the ongoing military offensive against Isis militants in Iraq, marking the first US casualty during the battle against the militants.

The US Department of Defense said Marine Lance Corporal Sean P Neal, 19, died of a “non-combat” injury.

Authorities have not revealed exact details of his death, as it is currently under investigation.

Neal, a mortarman, was one of the 1,600-strong US troops engaged in Operation Inherent Resolve, the codename for the military campaign against Isis Islamists in Iraq and Syria.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command.

Neal is said to be the first member of US personnel to die in Iraq since US troops pulled out from the strife-torn country three years ago.

However, US naval forces had earlier acknowledged that a marine had gone missing on 3 October.

Neal joined the Marine Corps in July 2013 and was promoted to lance corporal 1 September.