UK military under investigation for crimes in Iraq

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A number of British military forces have been accused of mistreating Iraqi detainees during the 2003 US-led invasion and the subsequent occupation of the Middle Eastern country.

The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) has launched a probe into the ill-treatment of two Iraqi citizens at the hand of British soldiers in the southern Iraqi city of Basra 13 years ago, the Guardian reported Sunday.

Faisal al-Saadoon and Khalaf Mufdhi were detained in 2003, after two British bomb disposal experts were captured during a militant ambush on their convoy and were shot dead later on.

The two suspects were charged with murder and war crimes in 2006, but their sentences were overturned by the Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) due to lack of evidence.

Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) reported the case to IHAT, which probes cases of torture, murder and mistreatment of Iraqi people by British forces during their 6-year deployment to the Arab country.

Although the case bears…

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