In Iraq, a Baghdad newspaper on Wednesday retracted claims that US troops in Iraq had gang-raped two teenage girls, saying it had fired the two journalists who wrote the report, which sparked an angry reaction from the US military.
"On Saturday we published a report by two of our correspondents Ahmad Abdel Karim and Mohammad Fadel, saying that US soldiers had raped two young girls," As-Saah wrote.
"Considering the sensitive nature of this affair, we sent out chief editor and two other reporters to Suwairra and they found the article was based on local hearsay."
For its part, the US Central Command said a "thorough investigation" had shown the report to be "absolutely false" and charged that the newspaper was "purposefully" seeking to "damage the credibility of our forces". (Albawaba.com)
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