Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy To The ABC News Report Of Photos And Videos Of Torture By Iraqi Forces Allied With The United States And Canada

“The photos are sickening.  They clearly depict war crimes.  That they were brazenly lauded by the unit’s leader suggests that they were far from aberrations.  It is my understanding that the United States no longer supports the Iraqi unit involved, but we should insist that the individuals responsible, and particularly the leaders, be prosecuted and appropriately punished.  The fact that U.S. military personnel praised the Iraqi unit’s cooperation is deeply disturbing and requires further investigation by the Pentagon.”

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[Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Ranking Member of the committee’s State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and the author of the “Leahy Law.”]

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