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U.S. Denounces Leak Of New Abu Ghurayb Torture Images

(RFE/RL) 15 February 2006 -- An Australian television network today broadcast photographs and video clips it said were previously-unpublished images of alleged abuse of Iraqis held in U.S. military custody.

SBS television reported that the images were taken at Baghdad's Abu Ghurayb Prison in late 2003 at about the same time as previously-published photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse.

No one in the images broadcast today could clearly be identified as U.S. military personnel.

A U.S. State Department official today called the new images are “disgusting” and “unfortunate.”

John Bellinger, a legal adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, spoke about the subject during a briefing in Washington.

"These additional photographs that are now out are disgusting. And it shows once again just the reprehensible conduct that was going on in Abu Ghurayb Prison. It's unfortunate, though, that the photographs are continuing to come out, because I think it simply fans the flames at a time that sentiments on these issues are raw around the world."

The earlier photographs triggered outrage over the abuse by U.S. soldiers. The abuse led to investigations and military trials for some of those accused of involvement.

(compiled from agency reports)

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