The U.S. government has agreed to release disputed pictures showing American soldiers tormenting Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison.

An American Civil Liberties Union spokeswoman said today that an agreement was reached between the ACLU and the government and was submitted to a federal judge.

Once the judge approves the deal the pictures will be released.

The judge had ordered the release of the pictures of abuse from the Baghdad prison over complaints by government lawyers that it would incite violence against U.S. troops in Iraq and provoke terrorists. The Department of Defense had appealed that order but was dropping the appeal, the ACLU said.

Heather Tasker, a spokeswoman for government lawyers on the case, had no comment.