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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Secret Baghdad Torture Bunker

With all the rhetoric about Iraq being a sovereign nation, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out:

Sunni Arab politicians demanded an international investigation on Wednesday into allegations that Shi'ite militias linked to Iraq's Interior Ministry tortured and abused prisoners in a secret Baghdad bunker.

The underground bunker, part of a fortified building near the ministry's Baghdad compound, was discovered by U.S. troops during a search on Sunday night in a development likely to fuel sectarian tensions ahead of December 15 parliamentary elections.

Inside they found 173 malnourished and in some cases badly beaten men and teenagers, some of whom showed signs of having been tortured, Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said on Tuesday as he ordered an investigation into the chamber's discovery.

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