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    Leaked Iraq papers allege abuse by troops

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    The actions of British forces are back in the spotlight tonight after thousands of US military documents on Iraq were leaked.


    The majority of the 400,000 field reports obtained by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks relate to American troops, but some detail allegations of abuse by UK troops, according to reports.


    The archive comes after 90,000 files chronicling civilian deaths and other incidents in Afghanistan were published by the site in July.


    A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: "If any new evidence comes to light as a result of this information we will consider it." He added that British military involvement in Iraq is already being scrutinised through the Iraq Inquiry and the Baha Mousa Inquiry.


    As US authorities condemned the latest leak, arguing it could jeopardise the safety of its troops, the MoD spokesman added: "We would condemn the leak of information that puts any forces at risk."


    According to the Guardian, the Iraq logs detail how US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and murder by Iraqi police and soldiers.


    There are "numerous" reports of detainee abuse, describing prisoners being shackled, blindfolded and hung by wrists or ankles and subjected to whipping, punching, kicking or electric shocks with six ending with a detainee's apparent death, the paper reported.


    The documents reportedly show that more than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents.