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Soldiers Charged With Assaulting Suspected Insurgents in Baghdad

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2005 – U.S. military officials in Baghdad, Iraq, announced today they have charged 11 soldiers with assaulting suspected terrorists. The soldiers were charged July 13, Multinational Force Iraq officials said in a statement.

The charges are related to a report by a Task Force Baghdad soldier that other soldiers had allegedly assaulted suspected terrorists. The Army's Criminal Investigation Division immediately began an investigation into the incident, officials said.

Few details of the alleged assault are available. Officials said specifics couldn't be released until the cases have been resolved. However, they said none of the suspected insurgents required medical treatment after the alleged assault, and only one remains in custody.

"All Task Force Baghdad soldiers are expected to act appropriately and to treat all persons under their control with dignity and respect. Allegations of illegal activities will always be thoroughly investigated," Army Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesman, said. "The unit involved has been pulled 'off-line' to complete the inquiry and retraining."

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