UK inquiry: Soldiers mistreated Iraqi detainees, but murder, torture allegations were 'lies'

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An official inquiry has found that British soldiers mistreated nine Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle, but rejected allegations that soldiers murdered and tortured prisoners.

The judge-led inquiry, which began in 2009, concluded that British soldiers used tactics such as blindfolding prisoners, depriving them of food and sleep and using threatening interrogation techniques at Camp Abu Naji in southern Iraq.

Thayne Forbes, a former High Court judge, also criticized British soldiers for "tasteless trophies" such as striking poses for photos with detainees.

But he said Wednesday that allegations that British soldiers had murdered, mutilated and tortured detainees were found to be "entirely the product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility."