The recently-appointed head of the U.S. military prison system in Iraq says he
will review interrogation techniques and cut in half the number of detainees
in the prison where U.S. soldiers abused Iraqi detainees.
Major General Geoffrey Miller said Tuesday he wants to reduce the number
of detainees at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison from about 3,800 to about 2,000
General Miller also said he has ordered soldiers to stop covering the heads
of Iraqi prisoners with hoods, and that he wants to re-assess military interrogation
Six U.S. military officers face criminal charges in the case, while six other
people have been reprimanded.
The photographs that sparked the scandal show naked Iraqi prisoners in humiliating
positions and wearing hoods.
In another development, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told Al-Arabiya
television President Bush is determined to get to the bottom of the matter
and to make sure those responsible are punished.
The White House later said President Bush is planning interviews "soon" with
Arab television networks to discuss the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. It is not
clear when the interviews will take place.
Earlier Tuesday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called the photographs "un-American" and "deeply
disturbing." He vowed to take all necessary action to hold those involved accountable.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military says there have been 35 investigations into
alleged cases of prisoner abuse by American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
since December, 2002. A military official said these include probes into 25
cases of prisoner deaths, 10 of which are still pending.