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Thursday, February 16, 2006

 

AP: Iraqi police death squads prosecuted - Feb. 16

By PAUL GARWOOD, Associated Press Writer -- Thursday, 12 minutes ago

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into claims that a police death squad has been operating in the country, a top official said Thursday. Meanwhile, attacks around the country killed 10 people, including six Iraqis who died in a car bomb in Bagdad.

An Iraqi worker steers a car damaged in an explosion and towed away in Baghdad, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006. Two car bombs exploded in Baghdad on Thursday, killing seven Iraqis and wounding at least 14, police said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)An Iraqi worker steers a car damaged in an explosion, right, and towed away in Baghdad, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006. Two car bombs exploded in Baghdad on Thursday, killing seven Iraqis and wounding at least 14, police said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Iraq Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari also condemned the latest images of detainees abused in the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in 2003, but noted that those responsible had already been punished.

The investigation into the death squads was announced as police found the bodies of 10 more men who had been shot execution-style and dumped in three different areas of Baghdad's predominantly Shiite suburb of Shula.

Maj. Gen. Hussein Kamal, Iraq's deputy interior minister in charge of domestic intelligence, said the investigation followed U.S. military claims that soldiers had detained 22 Iraqi men wearing police uniforms who were about to kill a Sunni Arab man last month.

"We have been informed about this and the interior minister has formed an investigation committee to learn more about the Sunni person and those 22 men, particularly whether they work for the Interior Ministry or claim to belong to the ministry," Kamal told The Associated Press.

A U.S. general said American forces had found evidence of a death squad operating in Iraq's Interior Ministry, the Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site Wednesday evening. Maj. Gen. Joseph Peterson, who commands the civilian police training teams in Iraq, said the men were employed by the Interior Ministry as highway patrol officers.

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Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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