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Detainees called frequent victims of abuse by Iraq’s security forces

The public war on the Iraqi insurgency has led to an atmosphere of hidden brutality, including abuse and torture, carried out against detainees by the nation’s special security forces, according to defense lawyers, international organizations, and Iraq’s federal Human Rights Ministry. Up to 60 percent of the estimated 12,000 detainees in the country’s prisons and military compounds face intimidation, light beatings, or more intense torture that leads to scars, broken bones, and sometimes death, said Saad Sultan, head of a board overseeing the treatment of prisoners at the Human Rights Ministry. Full Story

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