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American Forces Press Service: More Abu Ghraib Images Could Harm Troops, Official Says

Publicizing more images depicting alleged abuse of detainees at Iraqi’s Abu Ghraib prison could bring harm to U.S. servicemembers, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

The release of more Abu Ghraib images “could only further inflame and possibly incite unnecessary violence in the world and would endanger our military men and women that are serving in places around the world,” DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters.

“The abuses at Abu Ghraib have been fully investigated,” Whitman said. “As you know, it’s been the policy of this department–it has been and continues to be–that all detainees in our custody will be treated humanely.”

Previously unpublished still and video images of alleged abuse of Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib prison were broadcast today on Australian television, according to media reports.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Iraqi Ambassador Demands Answers to Latest Abu Ghraib Scandal

Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations has told the United States to release any remaining photos it has of prisoners being abused at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison.

New images of abuse have been broadcast around the world, sparking more anger over U.S. mistreatment of detainees.

The U.S. Defence Department suppressed many of the original photos because they might incite violence and could put U.S. soldiers in danger around the world. However, Ambassador Samir al-Sumidaie said it is in America’s best interests that all the photos be published.

“It can be argued that the best policy in these circumstances is to…come clean and be open and show everything that can be shown once and for all and get it over with, and deal with it publicly and make it clear to the world,” he said.

It’s all about word choice.

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