Texts of Major Documents on International Humanitarian Law (Law Of War), including the Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War & Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War
Working Group Report on Defense Interrogations in the Global war on Terrorism: Assessment of Legal, Historical, Policy, and Operational Considerations ("Pentagon Torture Memo": pdf)
Memorandum for Alberto R. Gonzales, Counsel to the President from the U.S. Department of Justice (pdf)
Complete text of Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba
Letter sent to the United States Congress regarding recent human rights issues in Iraq [Law Professors' Letter, with signers]
Center for Economic and Social Rights--Beyond Torture: U.S. Violations of Occupation Law in Iraq (pdf)
Amnesty International -- Iraq: Human rights protection and promotion vital in the transitional period
Institute for Policy Studies/Foreign Policy in Focus: Paying the Price: The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War--Key Findings
Report From the Arab Press
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July 14, 2004
More mercenaries arrive in Baghdad to serve with US army
The Qatari news agency said a large numbers of mercenaries recently arrived in Baghdad airport from three African countries to serve with the American occupation forces. It added that camps were established in these countries to receive and prepare scores of thousands of mercenaries to join US forces in Iraq.
Al-Manar, a Palestinian paper, quoted a leader of the group of mercenaries as saying that he had just come from Iraq after he had stayed in a camp of 8000 mercenaries who work for security contractors serving American and some European governments. He explained that the situation in Iraq is like hell and that many of his colleagues were killed while protecting American patrols or camps. He himself has lost a leg and eye in one attack on his patrol. He continued, saying that mercenaries receive large salaries from contractors who are paid by Pentagon. He said his group was commissioned with protecting American camps, installations, and patrols, whereas other groups linked with a joint military and intelligence command undertook 'dirty work'.
American casualty count 'ABRIDGED'?
On Iraqpatrol.com, Dr. Suhail Hussein al-Fatlawi of the Iraqi Democratic Accord party commented on the authenticity of the American army's declared count of its casualties in Iraq, saying that occupation forces have been using the following methods to hide the real number of their casualties from the American people:
Dr. al-Fatlawi continued by saying that the figure of 140,000 US soldiers represents the number of US soldiers enlisted in the army, but there are more than 150,000 military men and women recruited by private companies who engage in military duties. He concluded that the number of casualties announced by American occupation forces is only one third of the real figure of American casualties.
Former US adviser in Iraq accused of fraud
Iraqi judge Zakiya Ismail Haqi,Inspector General at the Iraqi Ministry of Labour, disclosed to the Bahraini daily, Akhbar al-Khaleeg that the former US adviser in the her Ministry, Robert Cross had committed gross financial violations and acts of fraud saying:
"The US adviser took 44 million Iraqi dinars (about $35,000) from the Ministry to pay his American bodyguard. The amount was allocated to support handicapped schools. Then he ordered the Ministry accounts office to pay 770 million Iraqi Dinars (about $550,000 to a South African company to provide him with three armored cars. The check was paid to an American businessmen, Jinson Baker, and was delivered to a US woman officer, Marta.
"The ministry know nothing about this contract. Nor does it know whether there are any cars involved or whether the whole thing is just an act of fraud and embezzlement. The advisor used to threaten any Iraqi staffer who oppose his reckless acts with dismissal, and kept reminding of the notion, 'Don't forget you are in an occupied country'. All his measures violated Iraqi regulations, as well as those formulated by the occupation authority."
Chalabi's aide sentenced for fraud
The Al-Quds al-Arabi daily of London said an Iraqi court sentenced Sabah Nouri Ibraheem, a leading aide to Ahmad Chalabi, to four and half years in jail for abuse of authority in the loss of 36 billion Iraqi Dinars (about $22 million). Ibraheem, who was appointed by Chalabi as director of the office of another key aide, Kamel Gaylani, former Minister of Finance, is also facing charges of embezzlement and fraud.
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