At least 26 people arrested by US forces in Iraq (news – web sites) and Afghanistan (news – web sites) have been killed since 2002, in what military investigators suspect were acts of criminal homicide.
The number is far higher than the six prisoner deaths caused by abuse the Pentagon (news – web sites) reported to the US Congress last week, prompting a Human Rights Watch adviser to describe it as “astounding” and indicative of the “overall failure to take seriously the abuses that have occurred.”
The prisoner deaths, at least four of which involve Central Intelligence Agency (news – web sites) personnel, took place in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002. Only one death occurred at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison.
The killings took place both inside and outside detention areas, Army spokesman Joseph Curtin told Wednesday’s edition of the newspaper, adding that the army was investigating each death.