‘Everyone knew about abuse’ claim

Iraqi detainees were forced to crawl through broken glass and wear women’s sanitary products, according to the female American soldier who has become the face of the prisoner abuse scandal.

Private Lynndie England also reportedly told investigators that inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison were beaten and had their wounds stitched by untrained guards using a needle and thread.

In a statement to investigators, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, she said “everyone in the company from the commander down” knew what was going on.

Private England’s image has been seen around the world. In some photographs of the prisoner abuse she points to naked Iraqis; in another she is holding a naked inmate by a leash.


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