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Iraq To Probe Claims Of Police Death Squad


http://gdb.rferl.org/15A1BCAA-05A1-4FA5-89BB-024732C3E129_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/15A1BCAA-05A1-4FA5-89BB-024732C3E129_mw800_mh600.jpg Iraqi policemen celebrating "Police Day" on 9 January (RFE/RL) 16 February 2006 -- Iraq's Interior Ministry today said it has launched an investigation into claims that a police death squad has been operating in Iraq.


Deputy Interior Minister General Hussein Kamal, who is in charge of domestic intelligence, said the probe was launched following U.S. military claims that they had detained 22 men wearing police uniforms who were about to kill a Sunni Arab man.


A U.S. newspaper, "The Chicago Tribune," reported on its website on 16 February that U.S. General Joseph Peterson has said American forces found evidence of a death squad operating in Iraq's Shi'ite-led Interior Ministry.


(AFP)

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