posted on Apr, 30 2004 @ 04:25 PM
Sources close to the army have questioned the authenticity of photographs appearing to show British soldiers torturing an Iraqi prisoner.
He says they believe the pictures may not have even been taken in Iraq.
*They believe the rifle is an SA80 mk 1 - which was not issued to troops in Iraq.
*They say soldiers in Iraq wore berets or hard hats - and not floppy hats as in the photos.
*They also believe the wrong type of Bedford truck is shown in the background - a type never deployed in Iraq.
The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation into allegations that British soldiers have been pictured torturing an Iraqi prisoner.
The photos show a suspected thief being beaten and urinated on.
The latest pictures were handed over by British soldiers who claimed a rogue element in the British army was responsible for abusing prisoners and
It is alleged during his 8-hour ordeal he was threatened with execution, his jaw broken and his teeth smashed.
The chief of the general staff has said that if they are found guilty, they are "not fit" to wear their uniform.
This comes just a day after photos of American soldiers abusing Iraqi PoWs are released. This is not the first time British soldiers have been implied
in investigations of PoW abuse, the earliest allegations dating back half a year or more, when a soldier on leave in Britian had photos developed
showing Iraqi PoW abuse.
[Edited on 2-5-2004 by SkepticOverlord]
[Edited on 3-5-2004 by SkepticOverlord]