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From Holden:

The Pentagon refuses to re-open its non-investigation of allegations that three journalists were beaten by U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The Pentagon has refused to reopen an investigation into allegations by three Iraqis working for Reuters that they were abused and mistreated by U.S. forces, saying it stood by an initial probe exonerating American troops.

Reuters says the investigation, during which none of the three was interviewed, was inadequate and should be reopened.


“The investigation was found to be sufficient, and no basis was found to reopen it,” [Pentagon mouthpiece Larry] Di Rita said in a letter dated March 7 and received by Reuters this week.

“It is unfortunate that Reuters remains dissatisfied with the action taken in regard to the incident,” Di Rita said.


The three Iraqis, along with another Iraqi freelancer working for NBC, were detained by soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division on Jan. 2, 2004, while covering the aftermath of the shooting down of a helicopter near Fallujah.

When they were released without charge three days later the Iraqis said that during their detention in Forward Operating Base Volturno near Fallujah they were subjected to repeated beatings, torture, and sexual humiliation, similar to the abuse later uncovered at Abu Ghraib prison.


Di Rita concluded his letter by again urging journalists to embed with U.S. forces. “Of course, I reiterate my recommendation that you consider embedding your reporters with U.S. units. It is an excellent opportunity to cover U.S. military activities in Iraq,” he said.