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Iraq torture inquiry finally begins

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2343

An inquiry into allegations that British soldiers tortured and killed people in Iraq finally started hearings this week.

The Al-Sweady inquiry is looking at events following the “Battle of Danny Boy” in May 2004.

The battle occurred when rebel fighters ambushed British soldiers near a checkpoint called Danny Boy, near Al–Majar.

Soldiers killed 28 Iraqis and a further nine were taken prisoner.

Six of the prisoners were killed while in British custody.

Evidence of torture includes close-range bullet wounds, the removal of eyes and stab wounds.

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