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Bush Apologizes For Iraqi Prisoner Abuse - 2004-05-07


President Bush has apologized for what he calls the humiliation suffered by Iraqi prisoners at the hands of American soldiers.

Speaking today (Thursday) at the White House, President Bush told Jordan's King Abdullah he was "sorry" for the incidents, and pledged that those behind the abuse will be brought to justice. It was Mr. Bush's first public apology since the scandal broke last week.

Earlier today, a U.S. newspaper (Washington Post) published new images showing American soldiers mistreating naked Iraqi prisoners.

On Friday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is due to testify about the reported abuses during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

President Bush has privately admonished Mr. Rumsfeld over the incident, but says he continues to support the defense secretary. Mr. Bush has also rejected calls for Mr. Rumsfeld's resignation, saying he will remain in the cabinet.

Meanwhile, the United Nations says it plans to issue a report this month on alleged human rights abuses in Iraq since the coalition took control. A U.N. spokesman says investigators hope to interview victims of alleged abuse and members of the U.S.-led coalition.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it repeatedly urged U.S. authorities to take "corrective action" at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison before U.S. media reported on the abuse last week.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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