UK drops hundreds of abuse claims over Iraq, Afghan wars

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UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon says the government is shutting down a contentious seven-year-old investigation into claims of abuse by British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which was set up by the UK government in 2010 to investigate allegations of abuse and torture by British soldiers, will close in the summer, Fallon said Friday.

Fallon also said approximately 90 percent of the 675 cases relating to alleged abuse of civilians in Afghanistan will be dismissed and the remaining claims will be investigated by the Royal Navy police.

“This will be a relief for our soldiers who have had allegations hanging over them for too long,” Fallon said in televised remarks.

The decision to close the investigation was made after a parliamentary committee report earlier on Friday claimed that serving and retired UK troops had been subjected to “deeply disturbing” treatment by IHAT.

The report by the Defense Select…

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