Iraq scandal widens: Report indicates US military used dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees
New Yorker magazine on Sunday released a new Iraq prison abuse picture showing a naked prisoner cowering under threat from two US military dogs. The magazine said American soldiers used “military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.”
The magazine said more images from the same scene showing the prisoner on the floor with blood pouring from a wound.
The new photo is accompanied by an article which said Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and top military officers sought to keep the prison abuse scandal quiet for several months.
Top investigative reporter Seymour Hersh said he had obtained the images of the Abu Ghraib prison which had been in the possession of a member of the 320th military police battalion.
Hersh said that other photos show the dogs "straining at their leashes and snarling at the prisoner.
"In another take a few minutes later, the Iraqi is lying on the ground, writhing in pain, with a soldier sitting on top of him, knee pressed to his back. Blood is streaming from the inmate's leg," Hersh wrote in his article.
"Another photograph is a closeup of the naked prisoner, from his waist to his ankles, lying on the floor. On his right thigh is what appears to be a bite or a deep scratch. There is another larger wound on his left leg covered in blood." (Albawaba.com)
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