The Washington Post will run new photos of alleged abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in its Friday edition. The details come from statements made by 13
Iraqi detainees, and are more brutal than previous publicized reports.
Please note that the details below are of a graphic nature and may not be intended for all readers.
Detainee #13077 Hiadar Sabar Abed Miktub al-Aboodi:
"They forced us to walk like dogs on our hands and knees. And we had to bark like a dog,
and if we didn't do that they started hitting us hard on our face and chest with no mercy. After that, they took us to our cells, took the mattresses
out and dropped water on the floor and they made us sleep on our stomachs on the floor with the bags on our head and they took pictures of
Detainee #151362 Ameen Saeed Al-Sheik:
"They said we will make you wish to die and it will not happen. They stripped me naked. One of them
told me he would rape me. He drew a picture of a woman to my back and makes me stand in shameful position holding my buttocks."
Detainee #151108 Kasim Mehaddi Hilas
described being stripped, forced to put on a hood and wear pink flowered ladies' panties. "Most of the
days I was wearing nothing else." Most disturbingly, Hilas' sworn statement also tells of witnessing an Army translator have sex with a teenage boy
at the Abu Ghraib prison, and that the rape was documented by a female soldier with a camera.
Hilas told of the one time he asked permission to pray, and was handcuffed to the bars of a window by Cpl James Graner with his feet off the floor for
nearly five hours. He also stated witnessing Cpl Graner sodomize another detainee with a phosphoric light (also known as a glow-stick) while the
detainee was tied to a bed.
Detainee #152307 Mohanded Juma Juma
described Cpl Graner throwing detainees' food into toilets and forcing them to eat it from the
Detainee #19446 Hussein Mohssein Mata Al-Zayiadi:
"They told my friend to masturbate and told me to masturbate also, while they were taking
pictures. They opened the water in the cell and told us to lay face down in the water and we stayed like that until the morning, in the water, naked,
without clothes. " While being forced to crawl on the ground, the guards "were sitting on our backs like riding animals"
al-Zayiadi was one of the men in the now-infamous "pyramid" photo. "They brought my friends, Haidar, Ahmed, Nouri, Ahzem, Hashiem, Mustafa, and I,
and they put us two on the bottom, two on top of them, and two on top of those and one on top. They took pictures of us and we were naked."
Detainee #18170 Abdou Hussain Saad Faleh
, the man pictured in a hood attached to wires: "On the third day, after five o'clock, Mr. Graner
came and took me to room Number 37, which is the shower room, and he started punishing me. Then he brought a box of food and he made me stand on it
with no clothing, except a blanket. Then a tall black soldier came and put electrical wires on my fingers and toes and on my penis, and I had a bag
over my head."
The horrifying tale of beatings and sexual abuse continues for nearly 65 pages in the sworn statements the detainees gave. Some were threatened with
the rape of their wives. Some were force-fed pork and alcohol. Some were fondled by female soldiers.
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[Edited on 21-5-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 21-5-2004 by John bull 1]