Military Abuse Investigations Widen
Over the past year and a half, the Army has opened investigations into at least 91 cases of possible misconduct by U.S. soldiers against detainees and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, a total not previously reported and one that points to a broader range of wrongful behavior than defense officials have acknowledged.
Taken together, the 91 cases indicate misconduct by U.S. troops wider in type and greater in number than suggested by the focus simply on the mistreatment of Iraqis held at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. The majority of the cases under investigation occurred in Iraq, although the Army has not provided an exact accounting of all the locations.
More than half of the 91 cases involved misconduct outside of detention facilities. Thirty of the investigations involving detainees related to the deaths of 34 individuals. Among those are ten homicides, only one of which has so far resulted in discipline. Eight homicide investigations "remain open amid evidence the dead detainees were assaulted before or during interrogation sessions."
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