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Most Iraqis held by U.S. 'by mistake,' report says

GENEVA -- Up to 90 percent of the Iraqis detained by the United States were arrested "by mistake," according to coalition intelligence officers quoted in a Red Cross report disclosed yesterday. It also said U.S. officers mistreated inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison by keeping them naked in dark cells. Abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers was widespread and routine, the report finds -- contrary to President Bush's contention that the mistreatment "was the wrongdoing of a few." While many detainees were quickly released, high-ranking officials in Saddam Hussein's government -- including those listed on the U.S. military's deck of cards...

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