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TONY BLAIR claimed that 400,000 bodies had been found in mass graves in Iraq - Downing Street officials admitted last week that these claims are untrue—only 5,000 corpses have so far been uncovered

Issue No. 1911

Mass graves claim overstated

TONY BLAIR claimed that 400,000 bodies had been found in mass graves in Iraq.

On 14 December 2003 Blair said, “The remains of 400,000 human beings have already been found in mass graves.”

Downing Street officials admitted last week that these claims are untrue—only 5,000 corpses have so far been uncovered.

Of 270 suspected grave sites 55 have so far been examined, revealing the 5,000 bodies.

Army admits prisoner torture

BRITISH ARMY commanders sanctioned the hooding of Iraqi prisoners in breach of human rights laws.

The armed forces minister, Adam Ingram, admitted last week that the death of Baha Mousa in British custody last September forced a ban on hooding.

Five men arrested with Baha Mousa say they were hooded, beaten and abused by British soldiers.

Ministers had previously denied the army used hooding during interrogation.

‘Iraqi PM shot prisoners dead’

AYAD ALLAWI, the new prime minister of Iraq, shot dead six prisoners in cold blood last month, according to eyewitnesses.

The US-appointed premier made a surprise visit to the Al-Amriyah security complex in Baghdad.

Prisoners were brought into a courtyard, blindfolded and handcuffed, then lined up against a wall. A witness said, “Allawi said they deserved worse than death. But then he pulled the pistol from his belt and started shooting them.”

The witnesses, who are supporters of Allawi, say the incident occurred in June.

Allawi’s office has denied the allegations, which first surfaced in the Australian press last weekend.

US wrath falls on people of Fallujah

THE US launched another bloody air strike on the Iraqi city of Fallujah last Sunday. Jet fighters destroyed a house that local residents say was filled with civilians.

Hospital sources say 14 people were killed in the raid, including children. The house belonged to a “very poor family”, said one eyewitness.

Korean unions halt war effort

SOUTH KOREA’S airline workers are refusing to transport soldiers, armour or any related equipment to Iraq.

The stand has been made by the Association of Airline Unions. “In order to show our rejection of a war of invasion, we will suspend all flights,” said a union statement.

The South Korean prime minister plans to send a further 3,000 troops to Iraq.

South Korean unions have pledged to struggle against a further deployment of troops.


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Sat 24 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1911
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