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US soldiers facing Iraq charges
Iraqi detainees on the outskirts of the city of Baqouba
Many suspects have been detained in sweeps across Iraq
Eleven US soldiers have been charged with beating suspected Iraqi insurgents in custody, US officials say.

The charges were filed on Wednesday after a complaint by a fellow soldier, a US military statement said.

"None of the insurgents required medical treatment for injuries related to the alleged assault," the statement said without giving further details.

The US military is still reeling from the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad.

Human Rights Watch have also accused Iraqi security forces of systematically abusing prisoners.

Retraining

The 11 soldiers have been charged with "violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice", the US military statement said.

Charles Graner standing behind a pyramid of naked Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib (Picture courtesy of The New Yorker)
Pictures of US abuse at Abu Ghraib jail caused an international outcry

"The army's criminal investigation division immediately began an investigation into the reported incident for possible criminal conduct," it said.

"The unit involved has been pulled off line to complete the inquiry and retraining."

Several US soldiers have been tried and jailed over the Abu Ghraib scandal.

Charles Graner, the ringleader of the abuse, was sentenced to 10 years at a court-martial in January.





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