BAGHDAD, Iraq – The public war on the Iraqi insurgency has led to an atmosphere of hidden brutalities, including abuse and torture, carried out against detainees by the nation’s special security forces, according to defense lawyers, international organizations and Iraq’s federal Human Rights Ministry. Up to 60 percent of the estimated 12,000 detainees in the country’s prisons and military compounds face intimidation, light beatings or more intense torture that leads to scars, broken bones and sometimes death, said Saad Sultan, head of a board overseeing the treatment of prisoners at the Human Rights Ministry. He added that police and security forces attached to the Iraqi Interior Ministry are responsible for most violations. The units have used tactics reminiscent of Saddam Hussein’s secret intelligence squads, according to abuses cataloged by the ministry and independent human rights groups and lawyers. (MORE)


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