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Amnesty International report slams Iraq insurgents for war crimes

[JURIST] A new report by Amnesty International [advocacy website] says Iraqi insurgents have "fail[ed] to abide by even the most basic standards of humanitarian law." In Cold Blood: Abuses by Armed Groups [full text] calls for insurgents to stop targeting civilians and comply with international legal standards, including prohibitions against war crimes. The report also alleges "gross violations" of human rights by the US military in Iraq, including careless bombings in residential areas, excessive use of force on demonstrators, and abuse of detainees. A US military spokesman said the US military takes steps to reduce civilian casualties and that any allegations of improper use of force is taken seriously. AP has more.

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