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New army torture claims

Issue No. 1919

US SOLDIERS in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul beat and stripped detainees, threatened them with sexual abuse and forced them to listen to ear-splitting music, according to Iraqi prisoners.

Mosul is the third Iraqi jail where US and British soldiers have abused prisoners.

It destroys any defence that the Abu Ghraib scandal earlier this year was an isolated incident.

“They left me standing for hours, handcuffed and hooded,” says Haitham Saeed al-Mallah, an Iraqi prisoner at Mosul.

“Then I was kicked very hard on my stomach, followed by continuous beating with a stick and boots until I fell unconscious.

“I heard nothing but screaming and suffering of detained Iraqis. The usage of cold water along with beating seemed to be a standard procedure.

“I saw a young man of 14 years of age bleeding from his anus and lying on the floor.

“I heard the soldiers mention that the reason for this bleeding was the insertion of a metal object in his anus.”

Helicopter fire kills journalist

US HELICOPTERS killed a television journalist as he filmed a report about the resistance in Haifa Street, Baghdad, last Sunday.

Mazen al-Tumeizi, a Palestinian working for the Al-Arabiya satellite channel, was among the civilians killed when the US opened fire on civilians celebrating the destruction of a Bradley vehicle.

Tumeizi was describing the incident on camera when two helicopters flew down the street. Seif Foouad, a Reuters photographer, was standing by him at the time.

“I saw a flash of light from the Apache, then a strong explosion”, he said.

“Mazen’s blood was on my camera and face. He screamed, ‘Seif, Seif! I’m going to die. I’m going to die’.”

Over 1,000 US troops killed

MORE THAN 1,000 US troops have now been killed in Iraq since George Bush’s invasion began in March last year.

A further 7,000 troops have been injured, according to US military figures.

All but 140 of the deaths have occurred since 1 May 2003, when George Bush made his infamous “mission accomplished” declaration.

Some 1,100 US soldiers were injured in Iraq in the month of August as a result of the uprising in several cities against the occupation.

Around 66 US troops were killed last month, the highest since May.

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Sat 18 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1919
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