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01 Jan

Exclusive: Secret Army squad ‘abused Iraqis’

MoD inquiry into claims that ‘shadowy’ unit is guilty of torture

By Robert Verkaik, Home Affairs Editor

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Friday, 1 January 2010

A recent picture of Iraqi detainees praying at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq, which in2003 was a joint British and US facility

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A recent picture of Iraqi detainees praying at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq, which in2003 was a joint British and US facility
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A secret army interrogation unit accused of being responsible for the widespread abuse of Iraqi prisoners is being investigated by the Ministry of Defence. Fourteen fresh claims of torture against the British Army include detailed accounts of a shadowy team of military and MI5 interrogators who are alleged to have authorised the physical and sexual abuse of Iraqi detainees. The new allegations bring the total number of cases being investigated by the Government to 47. Many of the Iraqis allege they were abused after they were sent to a unit called the Joint Forward Intelligence Team (JFIT) based at the Army’s Shaibah Logistics Base, 13 miles from Basra, between 2004 and 2007. Nearly all the men say they were beaten, denied sleep and then dragged around the prison compound before facing multiple interrogations……………………….

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