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It began with scant details released by the military about a heinous allegation: A soldier slipped away from a remote outpost in southern Afghanistan and went on a shooting rampage at nearby villages that left 17 people dead.

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Detainee photos disputeupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 15:18:00

President Obama wants government lawyers to object to a court-ordered release of detainee photos.

Questions of torture, abuse rooted in Bush-era decisionsupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 15:18:00

The debate over controversial CIA interrogation practices -- tactics that some say constitute torture -- is rooted in the early years of the fight against terrorism and the Iraq war.

Torture's psychological impact 'often worse' than physicalupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 09:59:00

Amir was a salesman before being arrested and taken to the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2003. During his time there, he says, he was forced to lay down in urine and feces, stay naked in his cell for days, and "howl like dogs do" while being pulled by a dog leash. According to his accounts, he was also sodomized with a broomstick and had his genitals stepped on.

Cheney: Stakes haven't changedupdated: Thu May 21 2009 20:39:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney weighs in on national security.

Cheney slams Obama in speechupdated: Thu May 21 2009 20:39:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday said the Bush administration's "enhanced" interrogations of al Qaeda prisoners, saved "thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands" of lives.

Ex-inmate recalls days of abuse at Abu Ghraibupdated: Thu May 21 2009 17:05:00

Abu Ahmed says he was there: An Iraqi held prisoner at Abu Ghraib by the American military when inmates were abused.

Abu Ghraib photos provoked shock, then anger, for Arabsupdated: Thu May 21 2009 12:19:00

There is hardly anything in U.S.-Arab relations that screams scandal louder than the torture pictures of Abu Ghraib:

Abu Ghraib photos were 'big shock,' undermined U.S. idealsupdated: Wed May 20 2009 13:38:00

The photograph was shocking: a hooded detainee, in U.S. custody, standing on a box with electrical wires hooked up to his fingers.

Abu Ghraib head finds vindication in newly released memosupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 20:06:00

She said she was a scapegoat. She said she was just following orders. She said she was demoted unfairly.

Lawsuit on alleged Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse can move aheadupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 17:15:00

A lawsuit alleging that civilian American interrogators subjected Iraqis to torture and severe mistreatment at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad can move forward, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Abu Ghraib now a humane prison, Iraq officials sayupdated: Sun Feb 22 2009 11:16:00

The notorious Iraq prison once called Abu Ghraib has reopened under Iraqi government control. And the Ministry of Justice has launched a public-relations campaign to show it has changed since the days when prisoners were tortured there -- first under Saddam Hussein, and later by American troops. Abu Ghraib: Saddam-Abuse Museum?updated: Thu Sep 04 2008 17:00:00

The notorious Abu Ghraib prison is getting a facelift: work to reopen the facility and construct a museum documenting Saddam Hussein's crimes -- but not the abuses committed there by U.S. guards

Iraqis alleging Abu Ghraib abuse file first in series of lawsuitsupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 17:26:00

Iraqi nationals who claimed U.S. military contractors inflicted physical and emotional abuse on them at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison filed the first of four planned lawsuits Monday in federal court.

Suspects tortured, probe findsupdated: Wed Jun 18 2008 10:39:00

A human rights group says there is evidence that suspected terrorists were tortured. Barbara Starr reports.

Report: Exams reveal abuse, torture of detaineesupdated: Wed Jun 18 2008 10:39:00

Former terrorist suspects detained by the United States were tortured, according to medical examinations detailed in a report released Wednesday by a human rights group.

Witnesses: Abu Ghraib bomber was a teenage boyupdated: Thu May 15 2008 11:05:00

Police are investigating witness accounts that the suicide bomber who struck the Iraqi town of Abu Ghraib on Wednesday was a teenage boy, a local police official told CNN. Iraqi Sues Over Abu Ghraib Tortureupdated: Tue May 06 2008 10:00:00

An Iraqi man sued two U.S. military contractors, claiming he was repeatedly tortured while being held at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison for more than 10 months The Abu Ghraib Cases: Not Yet Overupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 13:00:00

Lt. Col. Steven Jordan is convicted on just one count in the prison abuse scandal. But sources tell TIME more charges could be brought against civilian contractors

Verdicts split on Army officer in Abu Ghraib case updated: Tue Aug 28 2007 22:17:00

Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan was acquitted Tuesday of failing to control soldiers who abused detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, but he was found guilty of disobeying a general's command not to talk about the investigation.

Officer acquitted in Abu Ghraib abuse caseupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 01:25:00

A military court Tuesday acquitted an Army officer of failing to control U.S. soldiers who abused detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, but it found him guilty of disobeying an order not to discuss the investigation.

2 charges dropped against Abu Ghraib officerupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 03:01:00

Two charges were dropped Monday against Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, the only officer among the 12 defendants charged in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Shell-Shocked at Abu Ghraib?updated: Wed May 23 2007 19:25:00

Questions are raised about the mental state of the prison's senior officer just before the abuses there

Abu Ghraib hearing ends with call for court-martialupdated: Fri Oct 20 2006 12:11:00

A military hearing for Lt. Col. Steven Jordan, the highest-ranking officer to be charged in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, wrapped on Friday, with the prosecution calling for his court-martial.

Abu Ghraib case against high-ranking officer nears endupdated: Thu Oct 19 2006 19:10:00

Closing arguments are set for Friday in the hearing of Lt. Col. Steven Jordan, the highest-ranking officer charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.

Lieutenant colonel faces hearing in Abu Ghraib caseupdated: Mon Oct 16 2006 14:10:00

Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan, the highest-ranking officer charged in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, embarrassed the U.S. military by willfully turning a blind eye to abuses, prosecutors alleged Monday.

Report: Detainee abuse claims not investigated in fullupdated: Wed Apr 26 2006 12:02:00

More than two years after the Abu Ghraib scandal, a report by human rights activists accuses U.S. authorities of failing to adequately investigate claims of detainee abuse at U.S. jails in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

U.S. agrees to issue Abu Ghraib imagesupdated: Tue Mar 28 2006 21:10:00

The Defense Department has withdrawn its appeal challenging a district court order requiring it to turn over to civil rights groups 74 photographs and three videotapes depicting images of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, officials said Tuesday.

Six months for Abu Ghraib dog handlerupdated: Wed Mar 22 2006 11:28:00

A soldier found guilty of using a military dog to terrorize inmates at Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison was sentenced Wednesday to 179 days confinement and will be discharged for bad conduct.

U.S. to move 4,500 detainees from Abu Ghraibupdated: Thu Mar 09 2006 02:53:00

The U.S. military will transfer detainees from Abu Ghraib to a new facility within three months, a U.S. military spokesman has said.

Group: Iraq prison abuse continuesupdated: Mon Mar 06 2006 04:24:00

Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the detention of some 14,000 prisoners in Iraq without charge or trial, saying torture is continuing despite the Abu Ghraib scandal.

Iraqi government denounces Abu Ghraib abuseupdated: Thu Feb 16 2006 01:37:00

The Iraqi government Thursday condemned prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, following an Australian TV broadcast of newly released images, the aired timing of which a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq called "irresponsible" and "unnecessarily provocative."

More images of abuse at Abu Ghraibupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 06:24:00

More grisly photographs and videos have emerged that appear to show U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, some of whom were apparently forced to engage in sex acts.

Another Abu Ghraib?updated: Mon Sep 26 2005 17:36:00

Captain Ian Fishback, a West Point grad who served in the Army's élite 82nd Airborne Division and is currently in special-forces training, spent 17 months trying to get his superiors to look into allegations of serious prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bush demotes officer in charge of Abu Ghraibupdated: Thu May 05 2005 18:45:00

President Bush has demoted Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who was in charge of Abu Ghraib during the prison abuse scandal in 2003, after an extensive investigation, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Army criticized over Abu Ghraib probeupdated: Sat Apr 23 2005 18:15:00

The Army drew fire Saturday for its reported findings in an internal investigation of the Abu Ghraib prison abuses -- a probe that senior Pentagon officials told CNN cleared four top Army officers in Iraq of any wrongdoing.

Insurgents attack Abu Ghraib prison updated: Sat Apr 02 2005 02:35:00

At least 20 U.S. soldiers and 12 detainees were wounded when an estimated 40 to 60 insurgents attacked the infamous Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad on Saturday.

Blair says abuse photos 'shocking' updated: Wed Jan 19 2005 06:11:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair described pictures of Iraqis apparently being abused by British soldiers as "shocking and appalling."

England's lawyers lose crucial rulingupdated: Thu Dec 02 2004 15:23:00

A military judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors can use two written statements by Pfc. Lynndie England describing incidents of physical abuse and sexual degradation of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Soldier's attorneys seek to bar Abu Ghraib materialupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 11:05:00

Attorneys for Pfc. Lynndie England asked a military judge Wednesday to bar the use of the notorious Abu Ghraib photos and England's written admissions in her court-martial next month on prisoner abuse charges.

Accused Abu Ghraib soldier back in U.S.updated: Mon Nov 29 2004 20:57:00

The soldier at the center of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case has been brought back to the United States for trial at an Army post in Texas, his lawyer said Monday.

Abu Ghraib trials moved to Fort Hoodupdated: Wed Nov 10 2004 20:12:00

The courts-martial of three U.S. soldiers accused of abusing prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison will be moved from Iraq to Fort Hood, Texas, the military announced Wednesday.

Abu Ghraib guard pleads guiltyupdated: Wed Oct 20 2004 05:58:00

The highest-ranking U.S. soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday to five charges of abusing Iraqi detainees.

Three Navy SEALs charged in Iraqi man's deathupdated: Fri Sep 24 2004 15:47:00

Three U.S. Navy SEALs have been charged with maltreating an Iraqi detainee who died after he was turned over to the U.S. Army in Mosul in April 2004, the Navy said Friday.

Intelligence operative to plead guilty to Abu Ghraib abuseupdated: Wed Sep 08 2004 15:19:00

The first military intelligence operative to be charged in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal is expected to plead guilty Saturday in Baghdad.

The Verdict on Abu Ghraibupdated: Mon Aug 30 2004 14:43:00

A report released last week places a share of the responsibility for the mistreatment of inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison on the shoulders of U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Witness: Military intelligence led Abu Ghraib abuseupdated: Mon Aug 30 2004 12:03:00

A defense witness in Pfc. Lynndie England's preliminary court hearing testified Monday that military intelligence operatives helped lead the abuse and humiliation of naked Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison.

General: Some Abu Ghraib abuse was tortureupdated: Wed Aug 25 2004 11:42:00

The latest investigation into the Abu Ghraib scandal found 44 instances of abuse by soldiers and civilian contractors at the prison in Iraq, some of which amounted to torture, one of the two generals who led the Army effort said Wednesday.

Abuse judge: No Rumsfeld for nowupdated: Tue Aug 24 2004 10:26:00

The defense cannot call top Defense Department officials to testify in the court martial of a military policeman accused in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, the judge hearing the case ruled Tuesday.

Abu Ghraib: Guilty plea expectedupdated: Tue Aug 24 2004 07:06:00

U.S. soldier Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick will plead guilty at a pretrial hearing to one or two of the charges against him arising from the abuse of detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, military sources say.

Ethicist questions medical workers' role in abuseupdated: Thu Aug 19 2004 17:17:00

A leading bioethicist charges in a prestigious British medical journal that U.S. military medical personnel are complicit in abuse of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and suggests an inquiry into their behavior in places such as Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, is in order.

Sources: Abu Ghraib report casts wide netupdated: Wed Aug 18 2004 20:31:00

A new U.S. Army report on questionable practices by the military intelligence brigade at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison will recommend about two dozen personnel face possible disciplinary action, military sources tell CNN.

Soldier arraigned in Abu Ghraib abuse caseupdated: Fri Aug 13 2004 10:13:00

Army Spec. Megan Ambuhl was arraigned Thursday on charges related to prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, according to the Coalition Press Information Center.

Carter: The 'I followed orders' defenseupdated: Thu Aug 12 2004 12:51:00

Pfc. Lynndie England is notorious as the female soldier who is seen grinning in many of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse photographs. In one photo, she holds an Iraqi detainee on a leash.

Abu Ghraib lawyers want Cheney on standupdated: Sat Aug 07 2004 12:31:00

The fifth day of military hearings for Pfc. Lynndie England on charges connected to the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad included a defense request for Vice President Dick Cheney to appear as a witness.

Agent: U.S. military intelligence took part in Abu Ghraib abuseupdated: Thu Aug 05 2004 11:53:00

U.S. military intelligence agents took part in the abuse and sexual humiliation of three suspected rapists at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, an American agent told a court hearing Thursday.

Lawsuit targets Abu Ghraib contractorsupdated: Tue Jul 27 2004 16:00:00

Lawyers representing allegedly abused Iraqi prisoners filed suit in U.S. federal court Tuesday alleging killing, torture and other abuses against the prisoners or their family members in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

August hearing set for accused soldierupdated: Mon Jul 12 2004 15:35:00

The preliminary hearing for Pfc. Lynndie England, an Army reservist accused in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, was rescheduled Monday for August 3.

Abu Ghraib general says she met Israeli in Iraqupdated: Sat Jul 03 2004 20:26:00

The former military commander of Abu Ghraib prison has claimed to have met an Israeli interrogator who was working at a secret facility in Iraq.

Hearing begins for another soldier in Abu Ghraib caseupdated: Thu Jun 24 2004 13:11:00

The U.S. military began a hearing Thursday for one of seven U.S. soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners as guards at the Abu Ghraib facility near Baghdad.

Motion denied for new hearing in Abu Ghraib caseupdated: Tue Jun 22 2004 05:32:00

A military judge Tuesday denied a motion that sought a new Article 32 hearing into allegations that Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick abused prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

Case against woman in abuse scandal delayedupdated: Mon Jun 21 2004 19:10:00

Court-martial proceedings against Pfc. Lynndie England, charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, have been delayed until next month, a public affairs officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, said Monday.

Judge: Abu Ghraib a crime sceneupdated: Mon Jun 21 2004 01:08:00

A military judge in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal granted a defense motion Monday to declare the Baghdad jail site a crime scene and ordered that it must not be destroyed while U.S. soldiers are on trial.

Prisoner abuse report expected next weekupdated: Mon Jun 14 2004 15:27:00

Some U.S. reserve military police and intelligence units in Iraq were ill-equipped and poorly trained for the job of guarding thousands of detainees ranging from common criminals to terrorism suspects at Abu Ghraib prison, an Army officer told CNN Monday.

Report: U.S. covered up abuseupdated: Wed Jun 09 2004 20:03:00

The Bush administration "circumvented" the Geneva Convention with the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Iraqis snap up CDs of abuse imagesupdated: Wed May 26 2004 09:35:00

George W. Bush has pledged to demolish Abu Ghraib prison, but the memory of the abuse scandal involving American troops is unlikely to fade quickly from the minds of most Iraqis.

Ex-chief of Iraq prisons baffled by suspensionupdated: Wed May 26 2004 08:12:00

The former commander of military police at U.S. prisons in Iraq says she does not know why she was suspended and insists the Army was aware of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison months before it launched an investigation.

U.S. admits to secret interrogation site in Baghdadupdated: Fri May 21 2004 02:00:00

As hundreds of detainees were released from Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, a senior U.S. official Friday confirmed that a previously undisclosed U.S. military interrogation facility at or near Baghdad International Airport does indeed exist.

Shocking prison pictures emergeupdated: Thu May 20 2004 03:37:00

Two new photographs have surfaced in the Iraq prison abuse scandal which appear to show U.S. soldiers gloating over a corpse.

U.S. issues delayed human rights reportupdated: Mon May 17 2004 21:25:00

Amid allegations the United States violated international conventions protecting the rights of prisoners, the U.S. State Department released a report Monday on what the country was doing to promote human rights around the world.

Pointing fingersupdated: Mon May 17 2004 13:41:00

If you believe specialist Jeremy Sivits, the MPs in his unit caught on camera tormenting Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison did it for sport.

Pentagon: Hersh report 'journalist malpractice' updated: Mon May 17 2004 11:42:00

Officials in the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community Monday flatly denied a New Yorker magazine article that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved a clandestine unit to crack down on terrorists held at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, where inmates were abused.

Reporter: Iraq prison program got 'out of control'updated: Sun May 16 2004 13:54:00

The interrogation program at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison was so "out of control" that the CIA "pulled their people out," the author of a series of articles about abuse of prisoners at the facility said Sunday.

Pentagon denies prison scandal stems from secret program gone awryupdated: Sat May 15 2004 19:17:00

The Abu Ghraib prison scandal was not the result of a few misguided soldiers, but of a decision last year by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to expand a clandestine operation against al Qaeda to the treatment of prisoners in Iraq, according to a report in The New Yorker.

Interrogation techniques banned in Iraqupdated: Fri May 14 2004 01:54:00

The U.S. military will not use certain prisoner interrogation techniques in Iraq following the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, Pentagon officials said Friday.

Rumsfeld and Myers make surprise trip to Iraqupdated: Thu May 13 2004 16:26:00

It was behind the walls of Abu Ghraib where U.S. soldiers abused Iraqi prisoners and it was behind these same walls where U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has now paid a surprise visit.

Rumsfeld visits Iraq's Abu Ghraib prisonupdated: Thu May 13 2004 04:41:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- at the center of the firestorm over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal -- touched down in Baghdad Thursday, where he visited Abu Ghraib prison, the scene of Iraqi prisoner abuse.

Two more face courts-martial in abuse caseupdated: Wed May 12 2004 10:35:00

The U.S. Army named two more soldiers who will be court-martialed in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.

GOP leaders oppose release of more abuse imagesupdated: Wed May 12 2004 09:50:00

Top GOP leaders said Wednesday they oppose the release of hundreds of fresh images showing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, saying they could compromise the prosecution of those soldiers implicated in the acts and further inflame tensions in Iraq.

Transcript of Taguba opening statementupdated: Tue May 11 2004 10:54:00

Following is a transcript of the opening statement by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba testifying Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is investigating the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military personnel.

Taguba: No direct order given for abuseupdated: Tue May 11 2004 07:13:00

The U.S. Army general in charge of the investigation into abuse of some Iraqi prisoners told a Senate committee hearing Tuesday that "a failure of leadership" was to blame for the situation, and said there was no evidence the soldiers involved were acting under orders.

Author of prison abuse report to testifyupdated: Tue May 11 2004 03:29:00

The author of a 53-page Army report critical of the "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuse" of some Iraqi prisoners is scheduled to testify before a Senate committee Tuesday.

General to testify on abuse probeupdated: Tue May 11 2004 01:52:00

With the Army general who investigated abuse of prisoners in Iraq set to testify before a Senate committee Tuesday, Pentagon sources told CNN there are 200 to 300 more photographs of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.

The perils of a righteous presidentupdated: Mon May 10 2004 13:14:00

After his grudging public apology for the behavior of U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison, George W. Bush attended a ceremony commemorating the National Day of Prayer.

Congressman: Prison advisory plan was rejectedupdated: Sat May 08 2004 09:13:00

A congressman with experience in military detention said Saturday that the Pentagon rejected an Army plan to send him to advise the military police commander who oversaw Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison in the early months of the war in Iraq.

Red Cross says it urged U.S. action on prisonupdated: Thu May 06 2004 09:07:00

With new images surfacing in the media of possible U.S. abuse against Iraqi prisoners, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Thursday it had repeatedly asked American authorities to take "corrective action" at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad.

Senators seek demolition of Iraqi prisonupdated: Wed May 05 2004 20:41:00

A bipartisan group of senators is urging the Pentagon to demolish the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in order to exorcise a symbol of both Saddam Hussein's torture chambers and an embarrassing episode for the U.S. military.

Rumsfeld pledges detainee reformsupdated: Tue May 04 2004 10:12:00

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday that he would take "all measures necessary" to ensure that abuse of detainees such as what a Pentagon report says took place at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq "does not happen again."

Army report documents mistreatment of Iraqi prisonersupdated: Tue May 04 2004 06:58:00

U.S. Army soldiers have committed "egregious acts" and "grave breaches of international law" at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, according to a classified report by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba made available to CNN.

Piercing the fog of war updated: Tue May 04 2004 06:16:00

The images of naked Iraqi prisoners being tormented at the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad not only have shocked the public but also have come as an unwelcome surprise to members of Congress who are supposed to be watching over the intelligence community.

Gulf War ex-POW: Abuse claims horrifyingupdated: Mon May 03 2004 08:58:00

As controversy swirls about images allegedly showing U.S. and British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, CNN anchor Monita Rajpal spoke to John Nichol, an Royal Air Force navigator who was shot down, taken prisoner and tortured during the 1991 Gulf War.

U.S. denies widespread abuse at prison in Iraqupdated: Sun May 02 2004 16:16:00

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, denied reports of widespread and systematic abuse of inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison Sunday.

Soldiers likely to face abuse charges over photosupdated: Fri Mar 19 2004 15:00:00

Criminal charges are being prepared against six U.S. Army soldiers for alleged abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Gharib prison in Baghdad, U.S. military officials told CNN.

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