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US military declares no tolerance for Afghan detainee abuse

[JURIST] A US military spokesman, responding to a New York Times article detailing the deaths of two detainees and other abuses, said Friday that mistreatment of detainees in Afghanistan by US personnel will not be tolerated. A White House spokesman said that President Bush was alarmed by the report and wanted the allegations thoroughly investigated. The Times article cited a 2,000-page confidential military file the newspaper obtained that described repeated abuse at the hands of "young and poorly trained soldiers" and the cruel treatment and death of the two prisoners. In October 2004 the Army publicly acknowledged the two deaths [Army press release], ruled them homicides, and announced that up to 28 soldiers face charges in connection with the those. AP has more.

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