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Monday, March 29, 2004

Incident: Iraqi blogger tells of abuse at Abu Ghraib

An Iraqi blogger who goes by the name Riverbend relates a story on her blog about a friend of the family, "M", who was detained at Abu Ghraib. She will claim to have been beaten, and to have witnessed other prisoners being beaten and one male prisoner being raped. This entry will attract a lot of attention in the left-wing bloggosphere, particularly after the Abu Ghraib photos come to light.

Friday, March 19, 2004

Afghan village abuses

Today, according to an article that will be published in a little under a year's time, the following incident will occur.
American ground forces clashed with Afghan rebels at Miam Do on March 18, 2004. After the battle, the American soldiers detained the villagers to interview them and screen for militants. The number of detained is not known.

During this process ... the Army lieutenant colonel, who had accompanied the American combat troops, "punched, kicked, grabbed and choked numerous villagers."

This will be reported in an internal inquiry within the Pentagon into prisoner abuses (10 March 2005). This inquiry will find that neither government policy nor faulty leadership lead to prisoner abuses Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.