Leadership failures of top Pentagon officials are at least partially responsible for abuses by U.S. soldiers at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and detainees as young as 15 were specifically targeted for abuse, according to two newspaper reports Tuesday.
Meanwhile in Iraq, American forces sharply intensified fighting early Tuesday, as troops attacked rebels loyal to Moktada al-Sadr from three sides and pressed into the inner ring of Najaf's Old City for the first time, news wires report.
And, Osama bin Laden's chauffeur was arraigned Tuesday at the first U.S. military tribunal since World War II, appearing at a pretrial session as defense lawyers sought to challenge the process.
Top Pentagon Officials Criticized In Abu Ghraib Probe Leadership failures of top Pentagon officials are at least partially responsible for abuses by U.S. soldiers at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and detainees as young as 15 were specifically targeted for abuse, according to two newspaper reports Tuesday. (USA Today)
U.S. Soldier Accused in Abu Ghraib Abuse Makes Deal With Prosecutors, Lawyer Says The lawyer of one of the U.S. Army reservists accused of abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison said Tuesday that military prosecutors have agreed to drop some of their charges after the soldier agreed to plead guilty to the rest. (AP)
Iraqi Teens Abused at Abu Ghraib, Report Finds An Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib prison scandal has found that military police dogs were used to frighten detained Iraqi teenagers as part of a sadistic game, one of many details in the forthcoming report that were provoking expressions of concern and disgust among Army officers briefed on the findings. (Washington Post)
American Forces Press Into the Inner Ring of Najaf's Old City American forces sharply intensified fighting here early today, as troops attacked rebels loyal to Moktada al-Sadr from three sides and pressed into the inner ring of Najaf's Old City for the first time. (NY Times)
U.S. Planes Bomb Najaf U.S. warplanes bombed Najaf's cemetery and the historic center yesterday while US soldiers fought fierce battles on the ground with a Shiite militia in the town. (Arab News)
Iraqi Ministers Escape Attacks Two Iraqi interim government ministers have survived apparent assassination attempts in the capital Baghdad. (BBC)
U.S. Forces Blamed For Shrine Damage Against a backdrop of fierce fighting, sources close to Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr have blamed U.S. occupation forces for hitting a part of the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf and causing damage to its outer wall. (Al Jazeera)
Iraqi Airways Makes Test Flight From Amman To Baghdad An Iraqi Airways Boeing 737 made a test flight from Amman to Baghdad on Monday for the first time since the airline's planes were grounded in Jordan by UN sanctions in 1990, a company official said. (AFP)
THE WAR ON TERROR
Guantanamo Osama Bin Laden's Driver to Be Arraigned Salim Ahmed Hamdan says he earned a pittance for his family as Osama bin Laden's driver prior to the Sept. 11 attack. But U.S. officials allege he did more, serving as the al-Qaida leader's bodyguard and delivering weapons to his operatives. (AP)