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From British daily The Independent:
Ministry of Defense investigating fresh Iraq abuse claims
By Paisley Dodds, AP
Saturday, 14 November 2009
The rape, torture and physical assault allegations come in the wake of the British withdrawal from Iraq.
One claimant says he was raped by two British soldiers while another claims he was sexually humiliated by both male and female personnel. Others allege they were stripped naked and photographed in the same style as the notorious pictures at Abu Ghraib, where abuses of prisoners by US troops helped fuel anti-American sentiment.
British soldiers have faced a series of claims that they mistreated Iraqi civilians in southern Iraq during six years of combat operations. Last year, Britain settled a legal case involving the death of one Iraqi civilian, and the abuse of nine others, paying out nearly £3m in compensation.
A public inquiry is still under way into the death of hotel worker Baha Mousa. He died in the custody of British troops following a raid on his hotel in the southern Iraq city of Basra in 2003 and suffered 93 separate injuries. British Cpl. Donald Payne pleaded guilty to inhumanely treating Iraqi civilians in Britain’s first war crimes conviction.
“Given the history of the U.K.’s involvement in the development of these techniques alongside the US, it is deeply concerning that there appears to be strong similarities between instances of the use of sexual humiliation,” Phil Shiner, the lawyer representing the Iraqis who made the claims, said in a letter to the Ministry of Defense. He said some Iraqis are coming forward now since the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq this year. …
In one of the most serious allegations, a 16-year-old boy claimed that he was among a group of Iraqis in May 2003 who were taken to the Shatt-al-Arab British camp to help fill sandbags. In a statement reported by The Independent, he alleged when he entered a room to get more sandbags he saw two British male soldiers engaged in oral sex. When he tried to leave, he alleges the men started to beat and kick him. When he fell to the floor, he claims one of the men held a blade to his neck while the other soldier stripped him naked. He claims the two British soldiers, one after the other, raped him.
In another claim, a 24-year-old Iraqi said he was playing football with friends in April 2007 when he was approached by British soldiers in vehicles and taken to a British base with another youth. When he arrived at the camp, he was allegedly surrounded by six to eight soldiers who ordered two of the young men to pick fights with one another. He alleges that the soldiers then stood on top of them and shouted and laughed.
Another 35-year-old carpenter said he was arrested in April 2006 and taken to the British camp at Shaaibah where he alleges he was subjected to sexual abuse and humiliation by both male and female soldiers.
He alleged soldiers used to watch pornographic films and would play loud music when he tried to pray. He also alleged that female soldiers exposed themselves or taunted him sexually. He alleged a soldier in the observation tower used to point the laser spot of his gun at his penis when he was in the toilet.
At the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, female guards and interrogators were documented as using aggressive and sexually charged techniques with the detainees, most of whom were Muslim.
It was unclear when results of the investigation would be released.
Britain’s Abu Ghraib: Did Britain collude with US in abuse of Iraqis? Here.
A British army officer staged a mock execution of a young Iraqi detainee by pretending to pour petrol over him and set him alight, the Baha Mousa inquiry has heard: here.
A senior British army soldier embroiled in charges over the death of Iraqi prisoner Baha Mousa admitted on Monday that he thought soldiers “went over the top” with detainees: here.
Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja. Iraqi former battle zone sees abnormal clusters of infant tumours and deformities: here.
As a likely result of the weaponry unleashed on the Iraqi city of Fallujah by the US military in 2004, doctors are discovering a horrifying increase in birth defects and deformities: here.
New Evidence Jack Straw Guilty On Torture – A Smoking Gun: here.
The absurdity of government attempts to suppress details about the CIA torture of a British national was exposed when the High Court rejected claims that their publication would damage national security: here.
The former commanding officer of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment has told the Baha Mousa inquiry that he was unaware of any abuses committed by his men in Basra: here.
Former minister admits misinforming MPs over Baha Mousa’s death: here.
A former Labour minister “failed to recollect” a memo confirming that British soldiers tortured Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa: here.
- British war crimes in Iraq inquiry (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
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- British soldier ‘shot Iraqi bodies’ (bbc.co.uk)
- British soldier fired at twitching bodies in Iraq, ex-private testifies (firstpost.com)
- Soldier saw colleague ‘stamp on head of dead Iraqi’ (itv.com)
- British soldier tells inquiry of colleagues’ abuse of Iraqis (theguardian.com)
- British ex-soldier says he saw “sick and degrading” act (gulfnews.com)
- Al-Sweady Inquiry: British soldier ‘fired at twitching bodies of Iraqis’ (independent.co.uk)