BAGHDAD, Iraq – An Iraqi journalist who stayed in Fallujah to report on the
battle for his hometown says he and hundreds of other civilians who
eventually turned themselves in to escape the violence suffered tough,
sometimes humiliating, treatment from American and Iraqi guards.

Abdul-Qader Saadi said he was subjected to multiple searches and
interrogations; went unfed the first two days; was blindfolded and
handcuffed; and had to sleep for days in a wooden cage buffeted by cold
winds at a desert detention camp.

Saadi, who has reported part-time for The Associated Press since early in
the year, also complained of having to strip naked for a medical
examination by doctors he didn’t know, a humiliating experience for an Arab.

“This was really painful,” he said Tuesday, several days after his release
on Sunday.

Saadi said he was held 10 days as U.S. interrogators tried to sort out
civilians and insurgents who were detained as troops moved across Fallujah.

U.S. officials confirmed to AP that Saadi was among those screened. They
said 1,450 people had been detained, with more than 400 released after it
was determined they weren’t combatants..


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