Most of the coverage of abuse at Abu Ghraib has focused on male detainees. But what of the five women held in the jail, and the scores elsewhere in Iraq? The scandal at Abu Ghraib prison was first exposed not by a digital photograph but by a letter. In December , a woman prisoner inside the jail west of Baghdad managed to smuggle out a note. Its contents were so shocking that, at first, Amal Kadham Swadi and the other Iraqi women lawyers who had been trying to gain access to the US jail found them hard to believe. The note claimed that US guards had been raping women detainees, who were, and are, in a small minority at Abu Ghraib. Several of the women were now pregnant, it added.
Corey Flintoff. Farah al-Jaberi holds her protest sign outside the Green Zone checkpoint that leads to Iraq's parliament. Her sign says, "From the American to the [female] Parliament employee — either no clothes, or the American prisons. This is the way Farah al-Jaberi says women are seen by an electronic security scanner at one of the checkpoints entering Baghdad's Green Zone — essentially naked, even when they are fully covered in conservative Muslim attire.
US: A second wave of horrific photographs showing extreme abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers is expected to burst forth in the US media this week, fuelling further outrage and raising more questions about who gave the orders. The pictures are reported to include US soldiers almost beating a prisoner to death, the rape of boys by Iraqi guards, American guards having sex with each other and with an Iraqi woman, and a soldier acting inappropriately with a dead body. After reviewing hundreds of unpublished pictures and videos over the weekend, the Pentagon has agreed to provide them to the Senate Armed Services committee for viewing, possibly today. New photographs of cruelty at Abu Ghraib prison, outside Baghdad, surfaced in today's New Yorker magazine. Taken by two digital cameras they show a naked and terrified prisoner cowering against a cell door as German Shepards bark a few feet away, then the Iraqi writhing on the ground, blood streaming from his leg and a soldier sitting on top of him. New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh said the pictures were in the possession of a member of the th Military Police Battalion and the people were different from the six military police in the first series of pictures, who have since been charged with criminal offences.
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