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A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees – some as young as 10 – are also being subjected to rape and torture
By Neil Mackay
It was early last October that Kasim Mehaddi Hilas says he witnessed the rape of a boy prisoner aged about 15 in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. “The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets,” he said in a statement given to investigators probing prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib. “Then, when I heard the screaming I climbed the door … and I saw [the soldier’s name is deleted] who was wearing a military uniform.” Hilas, who was himself threatened with being sexually assaulted in Abu Graib, then describes in horrific detail how the soldier raped “the little kid”.
In another witness statement, passed to the Sunday Herald, former prisoner Thaar Salman Dawod said: “[I saw] two boys naked and they were cuffed together face to face and [a US soldier] was beating them and a group of guards were watching and taking pictures and there was three female soldiers laughing at the prisoners. The prisoners, two of them, were young.”
It’s not certain exactly how many children are being held by coalition forces in Iraq, but a Sunday Herald investigation suggests there are up to 107. Their names are not known, nor is where they are being kept, how long they will be held or what has happened to them during their detention.
Originally posted by Istvan
Yes, those kids, and many others were tought to fight against the evil enemy, even many are tought to commit suicide bombings. Kids have the least fear, they can go to battle achieving success, as they do not run for their lives.
Originally posted by astroblade
first off, i'm going to wait for a little more evidence then a source's eyewitness account.
Originally posted by EliteXizer
Will you shut up LadyV? It doesn't matter what age they are, none of this behavior from coalition troops is appropriate, if this is true. Stop whining just because they are kids... I bet you wouldn't be whining if it was just adults being abused eh?
Originally posted by asala
Ok guys i know this is a kinda heated topic here but lets leave the insults at each other out of it, thank you