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Red Cross: Iraqi Abuse Widespread, Routine

Up to 90 percent of Iraqi detainees were arrested by mistake, according to coalition intelligence officers cited in a Red Cross report disclosed Monday. It also said U.S. officers mistreated inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison by keeping them naked in totally dark, empty cells. While many detainees were quickly released or no longer mistreated after interrogation, high-ranking officials in Saddam Hussein’s government — including those listed on the U.S. military’s deck of cards — were held for months in solitary confinement, The Associated Press has learned. The 24-page report by the International Committee of the Red Cross says abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers was broad and “not individual acts,” contrary to President Bush’s contention that the mistreatment “was the wrongdoing of a few.” Full Story

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