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The US army has opened 33 criminal investigations into deaths of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan since December 2002, a senior Pentagon official said yesterday. The deaths include two already ruled as homicides and eight in which homicide is suspected.
Among cases involving Iraqi and Afghani detainees, only one U.S. soldier is known to have been disciplined. In that homicide case, in September 2003, a soldier shot and killed an Iraqi prisoner who was throwing rocks at him. The soldier was charged with using excessive force, reduced in rank and dismissed from the military. Another homicide case involved someone working for the CIA and has been turned over to the Justice Department.