Court Rules U.S. Can't Block Release of Detainee Photos

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A federal appeals court says the U.S. government must release 20 pictures of U.S. soldiers and detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan demanded by a civil rights group seeking to expose abuse.

The Manhattan court on Monday rejected the government's claim that the release of the pictures would endanger the life or physical safety of U.S. troops and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A federal judge had earlier ordered that identifying facial features be removed from the pictures before they are released to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU had asked for the pictures to be released.

The color photographs were taken by people serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.