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New Photos Show US Soldiers Posing With Dead Iraqi Prisoner - 2004-05-20

Two new photographs have surfaced from Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, showing U.S. soldiers posing and smiling over the body of an Iraqi detainee.

In the photos, aired Thursday, by two U.S. television networks, Army Specialists Charles Graner and Sabrina Harman give a "thumbs up" signal as they kneel over the man's body, which is lying on the floor packed in ice. It was not clear when the photos were taken.

The U.S. television network ABC identifies the dead prisoner as Manadel al-Jamadi, and says he was beaten to death by civilian or CIA interrogators in the prison's showers.

The case is one of three detainee deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan being investigated by the CIA's inspector general.

ABC says the photos it aired Thursday, were taken by Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick. Sergeant Frederick, and Specialists Graner and Harman are among the seven U.S. soldiers charged with mistreating and sexually humiliating detainees at Abu Ghraib.

Pictures of the abuse have sparked international outrage and investigations by the U.S. Defense Department and Congress. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave a closed-door briefing on the investigation to senators on Capitol Hill, Thursday.

On Wednesday, the top U.S. military commanders in Iraq told Congress they are taking responsibility for the abuse scandal and promised to investigate the matter thoroughly up the chain of command.

In the first court-martial related to the scandal, Army Specialist Jeremy Sivits was sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison and discharged from the military after pleading guilty to charges of abuse.