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Navy investigates early Iraq abuse photos

[JURIST] The US Navy has begun investigating a new series of photos depicting abuse of detainees and prisoners of war in Iraq, according to a spokesperson. The photos, while not as graphic and brutal as the ones taken in connection with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, appear to have been taken as early as May 2003 and were discovered posted on a commercial photo-sharing website. Navy Cmdr. Jeff Bender, a spokesman for the Naval Special Warfare Command, said the "photographs raise a number of important questions regarding the treatment of prisoners of war and detainees," and promised to investigate the matter thoroughly. Taking souvenir photos of prisoners of war is a violation of the Geneva Convention. AP has more.

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