- Making News: Dispute Surfaces over Release of Iraqi Women Detainees
With kidnappers threatening to murder another hostage, there's still confusion about the status of two female prisoners being held in Iraq. Though an Iraqi official said one of the women would be released, as the kidnappers have demanded, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has told the Associated Press he hasn't made up his mind. Newsweek's Rod Nordland has more on the dispute over the prisoners as well as the safety of reporters in Iraq.
- Reporter's Notebook: A Torture Killing by US Forces in Afghanistan
This week, the Los Angeles Times reported that nine Afghan soldiers were beaten, immersed in cold water, hung upside down, given electric shocks and had their toenails torn off by US Special Forces. One 18-year-old soldier is said to have died. That's according to a 117-page report prepared for Afghanistan's Attorney General, and shown to the Times by the Crimes of War Project. Anthony Dworkin is web editor for the Washington-based group.
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