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US army warns Iraqi forces on detainee abuse

[JURIST] Previously undisclosed US military documents show ongoing Iraqi mistreatment of prisoners, including photos of bruised and beaten detainees, which US officials fear may damage the image of the new security forces in the eyes of the Iraqi public. The revelations come as Iraq's military and police have assumed greater responsibility in countering insurgent forces and while senior US military officers say they have cautioned Iraqi authorities repeatedly against abusing prisoners. Human rights groups have denounced the abuses since a 94-page report from Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] in January found that torture and ill-treatment of prisoners was commonplace in Iraq. US officers say that various senior members of the new Iraqi government have recognized the problem and privately expressed their willingness to work to end it. Thursday's Washington Post has more.

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