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  1. Dec 2020
    1. Ziad Tarik, 24
    2. Compared to Saddam, the Americans are better," he said

      why does the author choose to end on this note?

    3. Ex-detainee Muslim says he knows of a worse fate – to have been imprisoned under Saddam Hussein, as his late father was for three months in 1995.

      evaluative comparison of two situations

    4. Fawzia Ibrahim
    5. "There's no law," Rahad Naif said. "It's up to them. It's arbitrary."
    6. Saad Naif said he saw a prisoner shot dead at Abu Ghraib when he approached the razor wire.
    7. elderly woman "whose hands were tied up and she was lying in the dust."
    8. Seeing her lying bound in the sun, the brother angrily started to cross the razor wire ringing his tent, "and they shot him in the shoulder," Naif said.
    9. especially when we saw Iraqi women punished in the same way as men."
    10. There was an old black soldier we called 'al-Haji' who argued with the other Americans if they weren't respecting our rights."
    11. punished by having rations reduced or withdrawn,
    12. "The Gardens" – a razor-wire enclosure where prisoners were made to lie face down on the burning sand for two or three hours, hands bound.
    13. Sometimes we'd fight the Americans with tent poles. The Americans would come at us behind riot shields, firing plastic bullets and electric pistols (stun guns).
    14. "Twenty or so of us would start shouting, 'Get us out! Let us go!
    15. He said two died in the next tent while he was there.
    16. The ex-prisoners, uniformly, said the sick men among them were the camps' saddest sight
    17. They'd give us hot water while we'd see them drinking cold water
    18. throw ice into the sand just to make us suffer psychologically
    19. Kuwaiti translators
    20. Water was the first concern for internees everywhere, especially as summer temperatures topped 120 degrees. There was never enough to drink and wash with, they said.
    21. Hassan Ali Muslim.
    22. Baathists
    23. ICRC's decision to reduce its Baghdad staff, because of the bombing of its headquarters, may limit its ability to visit detention sites.

      rationalizing lack of agency as a consequence of resistance

    24. organization's policy does not allow any public comment on any abuse or other poor conditions detected

      policy is prohibiting accountability

    25. representatives are the only outsiders allowed into the camps

      explains why testimonies are so sparse

    26. Geneva Conventions

      legal reference

    27. The Baghdad spokeswoman for the ICRC


    28. listing and processing of detainees has improved in recent weeks.


    29. responsible under international law for inspecting wartime prison camps,

      responsible for oversight

    30. International Committee of the Red Cross
    31. unjustly held Iraqis


    32. Iraqi lawyers and judges
    33. Iraq's chief U.S. administrator, L. Paul Bremer
    34. In toppling the Saddam government last April, the U.S.-British invasion force inherited a legal vacuum and began incarcerating ordinary criminals with prisoners of war and less well-defined detainees.
    35. The U.S. command says it holds 5,500, but some lawyers and other Iraqis believe the figure is higher

      dispute between speakers

    36. In one, four soldiers are accused of beating Iraqi prisoners; in the other, two Marines are charged in connection with an Iraqi's death in detention.

      legal proceedings

    37. no response has been received

      has not yet been received, actors asking for a response

    38. treated humanely and fairly
    39. Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the U.S. Army commander

      speaks positively on behalf of US Army

    40. a half dozen former detainees

      6 mediated accounts

    41. Amnesty International
    42. Associated Press
    43. They confined us like sheep

      use of animal simile

    44. Baghdad airport's overcrowded Camp Cropper, was closed.
    45. most notorious U.S. center
    46. Ex-detainees

      speaker but plural and anonymous rather than named as above

    47. and none compares with Saddam's bloody political prisons
    48. good people" among the U.S. guards, like an older man the Iraqis respectfully dubbed "al-Haji" – "Pilgrim.
    49. curfew-breakers and drivers who tried to evade U.S. checkpoints, suspected common criminals, anti-U.S. resistance fighters, and many of deposed President Saddam Hussein's Baath Party leadership.
    50. They never faced charges
    51. Americans
    52. influential neighbor

      suggests connection with the US troops

    53. Naif, 31
    54. detainees in wheelchairs, and of a man carried into a stifling hot tent in his sickbed. "They humiliate everybody."

      cruel treatment of physically impaired prisoners

    55. they don't respect anyone, old or young,

      respect, more, expresses deference according to age

    56. to recently released Iraqis.

      firsthand testimony

    57. By Charles J. Hanley

      prominent byline

    58. riots, punishment in the sun

      on the subject of event: accounts of abuse have not yet solidified in the international press as a single event & scandal as evidenced here by a lack of proper nouns in the article's headline. does this factor actually affect the event's reception?