Seventeen soldiers have been suspended, including one senior officer, with six facing Courts Martial.
The soldiers at a prison outside Baghdad were accused of forcing Iraqi prisoners into acts of sexual humiliation and other abuses.
The charges, first announced by the military in March, were documented by photographs taken by guards in the prison.
Brigadier General Mark Kimmet is appealing to the American people to keep faith with their troops in Iraq.
What are your views? Do you think this action is justified?
I haven’t seen this kind of abuse even in Yugoslavia conflict, although the torture and genocide was horrific there. I can’t imagine what kind of person would undress prisoners and then pose with them smiling with thumbs up.
It really doesn’t matter if only individuals are responsible for this sick and discusting act, …consequences as reflect of Iraqis anger and revenge over these images, will have dreadful influence on all coalition troops.
Doubts are being cast over the authenticity of photographs appearing to show British soldiers torturing an Iraqi prisoner.
An investigation has begun into newspaper claims the man was assaulted and thrown from a lorry.
The Daily Mirror pictures allegedly taken during his ordeal showed the man being urinated on and threatened.
But according to some newspapers they may not be genuine.
“Were British ‘torture’ pictures a cruel joke?” asks the Sunday Express.
The chairman of the Commons Defence Committee, Bruce George, is to put the idea to his colleagues.
He said it might help “clear the air” if editor Piers Morgan gave evidence because of the “intense interest”.
It will be interesting to hear, what kind of apology he’ll say in defense of trying to reduce damage made by latest abuse pictures. I hope he realize that his policy is the main reason for Iraqis anger and not only the latest abuse treatment.
However I’m not too surprised although I am pleased that the media has ‘outed’ the culprits. Whenever there is war, soldiers are trained to regard the enemy as “objects” not human beings – otherwise it’s difficult to just pull the trigger. It’s happened I reckon in all wars.
However this doesn’t mean that those concerned shouldn’t be prosecuted as they should.
Does anyone know what the strongest charge a military court can bring against soldiers is, in the US and UK?
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