This Week in History
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.
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
Test your understanding:
The videos and photographs show Iraqi prisoners being tortured and abused by
Some of the images show the bodies of
"To torture" means to deliberately cause a person or an animal to feel