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The New York Times > National > Army Inspector General Reports 94 Cases of Prisoner Abuse

The New York Times > National > Army Inspector General Reports 94 Cases of Prisoner Abuse: "July 22, 2004
Army Inspector General Reports 94 Cases of Prisoner Abuse
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 12:28 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military has found 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan since the fall of 2001, the Army's inspector general said Thursday in a long-awaited report made public at a hastily called Senate hearing.
The number is significantly higher than all other previous estimates given by the Pentagon, which had refused until now to give a total number of abuse allegations.
The inspector general investigation, ordered Feb. 10 after the allegations of abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq came to the attention of top Army officials in Washington, concluded that there were no systemic problems that contributed to the abuse. In some cases, the report found, the abuse was abetted or facilitated by officers not following proper procedures.
In contrast to its own findings, however, the Army report also cites a February report from the International Committee for the Red Cross that alleged that ``methods of ill treatment'' were ``used in a systematic way'' by the U.S. military in Iraq."

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