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Taguba Report Annex 1: AR 15-6 Investigation re: Allegations of Detainee Abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison - Psychological Assessment

This First Annex to Major General Antonio M. Taguba's Report in to the allegations of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison focuses on the psychological factors contributing to the abuse of detainees at the prison. The assessment cites a number of potential factors including the immersion of soldiers into Islamic culture, which many were encountering for the first time; the lack of proper training and supervision and the failure to respond to recommendations of corrective actions, failure of leaders to accept responsibility; and the pervasive nature of detainee abuse. The assessment notes three abuse incidents on August 23, 2003, October 28-29, 2003 and November 8 and 24, 2003.
  • 2003-08-23, Abu Ghraib (Baghdad Correctional Facility (BCCF)), Iraq
    • A soldier was witnessed kicking and beating a passive and handcuffed detainee at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq.
  • 2003-10-28, Abu Ghraib (Baghdad Correctional Facility (BCCF)), Iraq
    • Three detainees were accused of raping a juvenile male detainee. After the accusation, soldiers were instructed to "roughen up" the detainees. The three detainees were shackled together and made to simulate sex with each other.
  • 2003-11-08, Abu Ghraib (Baghdad Correctional Facility (BCCF)), Iraq
    • Military Police forced seven hooded detainees to remove their clothing and form a pyramid in retaliation for rioting earlier in the day.
  • 2003-11-24
    • A detainee shot a Military Police member with a smuggled firearm (the Military Police member was unharmed). The Military Police responded by shooting the detainee several times in the legs. When the detainee returned from the hospital, he was beaten by guards on his leg wounds.