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Cuba Places Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Photos Near US Mission

Cuba has placed two large billboards with pictures of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners near the U.S. mission in Havana -- in apparent retaliation for a dispute over the mission's Christmas decorations.

The billboards contain photographs of hooded Iraqi detainees from Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison, as well as an image of a swastika and the word "fascists."

There was no immediate reaction from the United States.

The large signs went up Friday, three days after the Cuban government threatened consequences for Christmas decorations displayed outside the offices of the U.S. special interest section.

A U.S. official said Cuba was upset because the decorations include a neon sign with the number "75" on it -- a reference to the 75 political dissidents imprisoned in Cuba last year.

Cuba and the United States do not have diplomatic relations.

Some information for this article reported by AFP and Reuters.