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  Claims UK troops tortured Iraqis
Updated 01 May 2004, 13.04
Iraq
A big investigation has started after a newspaper claims that UK soldiers treated Iraqi prisoners very badly.

Military police are looking into the story after the Daily Mirror printed photos of a British soldier appearing to use violence on an Iraqi prisoner.

The head of the army, General Sir Michael Jackson, was interviewed on TV about the story and was really angry.

He said if the story is proven to be true the soldiers who did it "are not fit to wear the Queen's uniform."

General Sir Mike Jackson is the head of the army
General Sir Mike Jackson is the head of the army
The newspaper got the story after other soldiers in Iraq from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment told them that a small number of other troops were treating prisoners badly.

Army spokesman Roger Goodwin, on behalf of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, said: "There is no place in our regiment for individuals capable of such appalling and sickening behaviour.

"The sooner they are exposed and ejected from the regiment, the better."

The pictures come days after a number of American troops were also pictured treating prisoners very badly.

US President George W Bush vowed that the US troops responsible would be "taken care of".

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