The focus continues on allegations surrounding American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners — the senior U.S. commander in Iraq has ordered the first punishments for the individuals accused of committing the abuses, issuing letters of reprimand for six and a milder letter of admonishment for a seventh accused. And the Los Angeles Times looks at the issue of the civilian contractors also involved in the alleged abuses — three civilian employees have yet to face any disciplinary action, their employers said Monday, raising within the Pentagon the issue of accountability for thousands of private contractors in Iraq.
And the Turkish news agency Anatolia reports that a court in northwestern Turkey on Monday charged nine suspects, believed to be linked to the al Qaeda network, in connection with plans to bomb a NATO summit in Istanbul next month. The Turkish government over the weekend had apprehended 16 suspects in connection with the foiled attack.
THE WAR IN IRAQ
Army Punishes 7 with Reprimands for Prison Abuse The senior American commander in Iraq has ordered the first punishments in the abuse of prisoners by American soldiers there, issuing severe reprimands to six who served in supervisory positions at Abu Ghraib prison and a milder "letter of admonishment" to a seventh. (NY Times)
In U.S., Seeking to Limit Damage The Bush administration is struggling to develop a damage-control strategy to counter the mounting global backlash against the United States after revelations that U.S. military and intelligence personnel abused Iraqi prisoners, according to U.S. officials. (Washington Post)
Contractors Fall Through Legal Cracks Three civilian employees who allegedly participated in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners have yet to face any disciplinary action, their employers said Monday, raising within the Pentagon the issue of accountability for thousands of private contractors in Iraq. (LA Times)
CACI Wants to Review Report On Alleged Abuse CACI International Inc. said yesterday that an outside law firm will conduct its investigation of its employees' conduct in Iraq and review its operations around the world. (Washington Post)
British Minister to Speak On Iraq Photos The armed forces minister is to make a statement to MPs over photos apparently showing UK troops abusing an Iraqi. (BBC)
U.N. Human Rights Agency Urges Action On Alleged Abuse The top U.N. human rights agency has opened an investigation into civil rights in Iraq, and on Tuesday it urged the U.S. military to prosecute soldiers alleged to have abused prisoners. (USA Today)
U.S. is Likely to Replace a Leader of Fallouja Brigade One of the ex-Iraqi generals named by Marine commanders to head a U.S.-backed security force in this troubled city is likely to be removed, an official said Monday. (LA Times)
Insurgents Pound U.S. Base in Najaf and Government Buildings in Karbala Militiamen launched a barrage of mortar shells against a U.S. base in this holy city and government buildings guarded by Bulgarian forces in Karbala on Tuesday, a day after intense clashes in Najaf that killed up to 20 Iraqis. (AP)
THE WAR ON TERROR
Turkey Turkey Charges Nine with Suspected Al Qaeda Ties Over NATO Bomb Plans A court in northwestern Turkey on Monday charged nine suspects, believed to be linked to the Al-Qaeda network, in connection with plans to bomb a NATO summit in Istanbul next month, the Anatolia news agency reported. (AFP)