Accusations for Baghdad and Washington of torturing the Iraqis
Iraq-USA, Politics, 1/25/2005
Human Rights Watch has accused the Iraqi government of routine torture for prisoners accusing what it called "International observers in Iraq" of neglecting this matter.
A report by the organization said that the prisoners were beaten by metal bars and exposed to electric shocks in sensitive areas of their bodies, deprived of food and waters and piled up in cells while in standing positions.
This, however, coincided with that internal documents for the American army disclosing that the American government did not investigate seriously in accusation to torturing Iraqi prisoners that ranged between beating, sexual assaults and suspected death cases.
The document talked about large range of torture practices and that investigations were closed before listening to witnesses.
On the other hand, the American army said it is currently planning to keep 120,00 soldiers in Iraq for the two next years in order to train the Iraqi forces and fight beside it.
The spokesman for the Pentagon Lawrence Dereita said that the retired gen. Gary Look considered by the end of his mission that senior American officials in Iraq expressed optimism over the development of "the relations between the American security forces and its Iraqi counterpart." He explained that the American army might give air support to the Iraqi forces and aid in the field of telecommunications and intelligence.
Meantime, officials in the US administration and the Congress said that the administration of the US President George W. Bush will announce today that it seeks to get more $ 80 billion this year in order to finance its military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Added to this sum is $ 25 billion approved in the current fiscal year as emergency spending. Thereby total spending for the military costs in both Iraq and Afghanistan for the current year exceeds $ 100 billion.
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