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CIA-Trained Iraqi Death Squads Interrogated U.S. Detainees

by Brendan Coyne

Aug. 4, 2005 – A group of Iraqi paramilitaries trained by the Central Intelligence Agency to aid US-led invasion forces in 2003 later acted as secret interrogators in US-run prisons set up after the fall of Baghdad, the Washington Post reports.

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Dubbed the "Scorpions," the secret unit attempted to cause unrest and dissent in the nation prior to the invasion but failed, the paper reported yesterday in breaking news of the unit’s existence. After the invasion, the CIA reportedly used the group in attempts to infiltrate the insurgency.

The information came from current and former intelligence officials and appears to be corroborated by documents related to court proceedings against two Army soldiers charged with beating an Iraqi general to death in 2003, the Post said.

According to two Post articles published yesterday, detainees were handed over to "Scorpions" after successive US interrogators failed to elicit enough satisfactory information from the prisoners.

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