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US Military Investigates Alleged Detainee Abuse in Iraq - 2004-01-16

The U.S. military says it is investigating alleged incidents of detainee abuse at one of its prison facilities in Iraq.

A brief military statement announced the start of the probe, but gave no details about the scope, nature or location of the alleged prisoner abuse. It said the release of specific information about the incidents could, in the statement's words, "hinder the investigation."

The statement promises what is termed a thorough and professional probe. It also says the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is committed to treating all persons under its control with dignity, respect and humanity.

U.S. authorities are holding over 9,000 detainees in Iraq. Until now, there have been few reported incidents of prisoner mistreatment. In one case, three soldiers accused of abuse were discharged. In another instance, an officer was allowed to resign.