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Six people killed in Iraq bomb attack

Three mortar bombs have killed six people in a village near the Iraqi city of Baquba, 40 miles north east of Baghdad.

Mourners pray near the coffins of victims killed by a bomb attack at a Shi'ite Muslim village near the Iraqi city of Baquba
Mourners pray near the coffins of victims killed by a bomb attack at a Shi'ite Muslim village near the Iraqi city of Baquba Credit: REUTERS/ Alaa Al-Marjani

A woman and a child were among the victims, five of whom belonged to the same family. Police said the attackers might have been aiming at a nearby police station.

At least 17 people in all were killed in a series of attacks across Iraq. A bomb near a grocery market killed two people and wounded seven in the mainly Sunni district of Saydiya in southern Baghdad.

In western Baghdad a car bomb in a busy street killed three people and wounded 12 in Amriya district.

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Photos of 'US marine burning corpses in Iraq' to be investigated

The US military has launched an investigation after a news website published a photo that appears to show a US marine pouring petrol on the remains of an Iraqi.

Entertainment website TMZ says it is one of two photos showing two dead Iraqis being set alight, and that other pictures appear to show the charred remains of Iraqis including one that is on fire.The 41 photos were reportedly shot in the city of Fallujah in northern Iraq in 2004.

US Central Command, which oversees US operations in the Middle East, will initially investigate the validity of the photos and whether the events depicted have been brought to their attention in the past.

If there is sufficient evidence, a further investigation could be launched by either US Central Command or Marine Corps Central Command.

British troops accused of 'religious humiliation'

British troops have been accused of engaging in "cultural and religious humiliation" of Iraqi civilians after the 2003 invasion.

A dossier handed to the ICC in the Hague alleged British soldiers had committed numerous different forms of abuse against more than 400 Iraqis.

They range from burning prisoners to electric shocks, threats to kill and "cultural and religious humiliation".

Other forms of alleged abuse include sexual assault, mock executions, threats of rape, death, and torture.

Read more: Dossier details abuse cases of 'more than 400 Iraqis'

Dossier details abuse cases of 'more than 400 Iraqis'

Details of a devastating 250 page document alleging "systematic" war crimes carried out by British troops in Iraq are starting to come to light.

Read more: Govt dismisses Iraq 'war crime' claim for alleged abuses

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More than 400 Iraqi citizens have come forwarded to accuse British troops of war crimes. Credit: PA

The dossier, presented to the International Criminal Court (ICC), accuses the British military of beatings, electrocution, mock executions and sexual assault.

Evidence from cases of more than 400 Iraqis were presented to the Hague court, representing "thousands of allegations of mistreatment amounting to war crimes of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment".

If pursued, some of the UK's leading defence figures could face prosecution for war crimes.

The formal complaint to the ICC, lodged on January 11, is the cumulation of several years' work by Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).

Read more: Iraq war inquiry 'to publish findings in new year'

Hague rejects Iraq 'war crime' prosecutions bid

William Hague has dismissed a bid to trigger prosecutions of British politicians and senior military figures over alleged war crimes in Iraq.

The Foreign Secretary said there was no need for the International Criminal Court to investigate allegations of UK forces abusing and killing detainees in their custody.

William Hague said there had been no "systematic" torture by British troops in Iraq. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Individual cases had either already been dealt with by the British authorities or were the subject of probes, he insisted.

Hague told Sky News' Murnaghan programme: "The Government has always been clear and the armed forces have been clear that they absolutely reject allegations of systematic abuses by the British armed forces."

The head of the army, General Sir Peter Wall, ex-defence secretary Geoff Hoon, and former defence minister Adam Ingram are among those named in a 250-page dossier sent to the ICC, according to the Independent on Sunday.

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Human rights lawyer: 'This goes right to the top'

The International Criminal Court has been asked to investigate alleged war crimes in Iraq by British soldiers, it has emerged.

A complaint filed by Berlin-based European Centre for Constitutional Rights and a British law firm has accused UK troops of abusing and killing detainees in their custody.

According to the Independent on Sunday, human rights lawyers have presented a dossier of drawing on the cases of more than 400 Iraqis, arguing they represent "thousands of allegations of mistreatment amounting to war crimes of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment".

Phil Shiner, a solicitor from Public Interest Lawyers, told Sky News: "This is historic. The UK has never been investigated by the ICC. There is clear evidence this goes right to the top."

Dossier on 'abuse' by UK forces in Iraq goes to ICC

A dossier, reportedly detailing allegations of beatings, electrocution, mock executions and sexual assault of Iraqi detainees has been presented to the International Criminal Court, the Independent on Sunday has reported.

According to the dossier:

  • It calls for an investigation into the alleged war crimes under Article 15 of the Rome Statute
  • It says "those who bear the greatest responsibility" for alleged war crimes "include individuals at the highest levels" of the British Army and political system
  • It states UK military commanders "knew or should have known" that forces under their control "were committing or about to commit war crimes"
  • They describe incidents ranging from "hooding" prisoners to burning, electric shocks, threats to kill and "cultural and religious humiliation"

Ministry of Defence 'rejects' claims of Iraq 'abuse'

The Ministry of Defence has rejected the suggestion that UK armed forces "systematically tortured" Iraqi detainees, according to the Independent on Sunday, which reported that a complaint had been filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the allegations.

An MoD spokesman said:

These matters are either under thorough investigation or have been dealt with through various means including through the Iraq Historic Allegations Team, independent public inquiries, the UK and European courts and in Parliament.

As such, further action through the ICC is unnecessary when the issues and allegations are already known to the UK Government, action is in hand and the UK courts have already issued judgments.

We reject the suggestion the UK's Armed Forces – who operate in line with domestic and international law – have systematically tortured detainees.

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