This Week In History: Wk 17 (28 April 2004)
Prisoners Abused By US Forces In Iraq
Photos prove serious abuse of Iraqis by US forces at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
In 2004, hundreds of photographs and video images taken by US prison guards revealed serious abuse of Iraqis held at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. The photos were first shown to the public on the US TV show "60 Minutes". Most of the images showed Iraqis being tortured and forced to perform humiliating sexual acts by US prison guards, but some showed dead Iraqi prisoners who may have been murdered while in US custody.
abuse (verb): cause physical or emotional pain; treat badly
forces (noun): military services
torture (verb): cause extreme physical/mental pain to a human being or other animal
humiliating (adjective): causing a person to feel shame
in custody (noun): in a place such as a prison; under guard
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey