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Female soldier charged with abuse
Picture of Iraqi prisoners being abused in Abu Ghraib jail (AP Photo/Courtesy of The New Yorker)
England featured prominently on the pictures of apparent abuse (AP Photo/Courtesy of The New Yorker)
The US military has charged a female soldier with abusing Iraqi prisoners, making her the seventh to face charges.

Private Lynndie England, 21, is accused of assaulting the detainees, conspiring with other soldiers to mistreat them and discrediting the armed forces.

Photographs of her smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners have appeared in media outlets around the world.

Six soldiers have already been charged over the alleged abuse. Seven others have been reprimanded.

In one of the photographs, Private England is pictured with a leash tied round the neck of a crumpled Iraqi prisoner.

In another, she is smiling with a cigarette hanging from her lips, pointing a mock gun at the genitals of a naked prisoner in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail.

Ms England is said to have joined the army as a reservist after leaving high school. She left for Iraq in February 2003.

She has now been reassigned to a military police unit in the state of North Carolina following her return.

Her family says she is pregnant with the child of Charles Graner, another soldier accused of mistreating Iraqi prisoners.

The BBC's Tom Carver reports from Washington
"Private Lynndie England has become the face of this scandal"


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