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Soldiers charged with assault on suspected insurgents

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP LIBERTY , Iraq – Eleven Task Force Baghdad Soldiers were charged with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice July 13 in Baghdad . The charges are related to a report by a Task Force Baghdad Soldier that other Soldiers had allegedly assaulted some suspected terrorists.

The Army's Criminal Investigation Division immediately began an investigation into the reported incident for possible criminal conduct.

The command is preferring charges at the current time and will make recommendations on the disposition of the charges to the commander of Multi-National Division Baghdad.

None of the suspected insurgents required medical treatment for injuries related to the alleged assault. Only one of the suspected terrorists remains in custody of Coalition Forces at this time.

“All Task Force Baghdad Soldiers are expected to act appropriately and to treat all persons under their control with dignity and respect. Allegations of illegal activities will always be thoroughly investigated,” said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesperson. “The unit involved has been pulled off-line to complete the inquiry and retraining.”

Specifics of the investigation or the circumstances surrounding it cannot be released until all administrative and judicial actions linked to the investigation have been completed.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT TASKFORCEBAGHDAD PAO @ID3.ARMY.MIL.



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