Lawyers demand inquiry into UK Iraq abuses

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 9:04 AM

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers acting for nearly 200 Iraqis have gone to court to demand an independent and public investigation into abuses allegedly carried out by British troops in Iraq.

Such an inquiry could shed a harsh light on the behavior of British soldiers as they and their American allies struggled to control Iraq's bloody insurgency. British forces left Iraq in 2009.

Several accounts of human rights violations by U.K. forces have trickled out of Iraq over the years.

The military says it is conducting its own investigations and 227 allegations have been settled out of court.

Claimaints' attorney Michael Fordham told London's High Court on Tuesday that it was important for "somebody independent to grasp this nettle and pursue the truth of what happened."

The U.K. military says an inquiry is unnecessary.

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