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The Abu Ghraib prison is located in Abu Ghraib, an Iraqi city 32 km west of Baghdad. It was built by British contractors in the 1960s and covers 280 acres (1.15 kmē) with a total of 24 guard towers. It became internationally known as a place where Saddam Hussein's government tortured and executed dissidents and, later, as the site of abuse of Iraqi suspects by the United States military... [ CBC ]

Federal appeals court revives Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit
July 1, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia erred in concluding that it lacked jurisdiction over a case of alleged torture in the Abu Ghraib prison because the alleged abuses occurred in Iraq. The case was brought in 200....... [more]

Iraq government temporarily closes Abu Ghraib prison
April 16, 2014
The Iraqi Justice Ministry on Tuesday temporarily closed Abu Ghraib prison due to security concerns. Reports indicate that Iraqi authorities are concerned about the growing power of a Sunni-backed insurgency within the Anbar province, in close proximity to the prison grounds. A government official r....... [more]

Military contractor sues Abu Ghraib detainees for legal expenses
August 16, 2013
CACI International Inc. "CACI", a US military defense contractor, has filed suit against former detainees of Abu Ghraib seeking legal expenses after a group of four plaintiffs filed lawsuits against CACI in 2009, accusing the company of crimes against humanity, sexual assault, torture and other vio....... [more]

Military contractor pays $5 million settlement in lawsuits alleging torture at Abu Ghraib
January 9, 2013
A military contractor that was accused in a lawsuit by former detainees of the Abu Ghraib prison of conspiring to torture detainees has paid $5.28 million to detainees held at the prison and other US detention centers in Iraq. The detainees filed suit against two military defense contractors in fede....... [more]

US emptied Abu Ghraib prison
August 26, 2012
On August 26, 2006, US officials finished moving Abu Ghraib's remaining prisoners to other US-run detention centers. The US had been under pressure to close the prison in Iraq after photos of US troops abusing prisoners surfaced in April 2004. After the release of the initial photos, more evidence s....... [more]

Federal appeals court revives lawsuits against Abu Ghraib contractors
May 13, 2012
A 14-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled 12-2 Friday that the earlier dismissal of lawsuits against two Abu Ghraib contractors on the grounds that they have immunity as government contractors was premature. The court sent the cases against CACI International Inc. an....... [more]

Abu Ghraib abuse trials moved from Baghdad to Texas
November 11, 2011
On November 11, 2004, the US military announced that the courts-martial of Sgt. Javal Davis, Spc. Sabrina Harman and Spc. Charles Graner, would be transferred from Baghdad to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. No official reason for moving the court martial was given. All three soldiers faced charges rela....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses torture cases against Abu Ghraib contractors
September 22, 2011
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed two cases filed by former Iraqi detainees who claimed they had been tortured by civilian contractors at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 to dismiss both cases, filed against contractors CACI Inte....... [more]

Abu Ghraib officer acquitted of not controlling soldiers
August 28, 2011
On August 28, 2007, US Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan was acquitted by a military jury of failing to control soldiers under his command who abused detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Although Jordan had originally been charged with seven violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he was onl....... [more]

Convicted Abu Ghraib ringleader released early
August 7, 2011
The convicted ringleader of abuses committed at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad was released Saturday after serving more than six-and-a-half years of his 10-year sentence. Army Spc. Charles Graner, who was being held at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, was released early as a result o....... [more]

Newly released documents show extent of Australia involvement in Abu Ghraib
July 5, 2011
Australia played a larger role than previously thought in the abuses of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, according to Australia Defense Force (ADF) documents obtained by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre through freedom of information laws. The documents show that Major George O'Kane wo....... [more]


    Abu Ghraib Prison Photos

    Road to Abu Ghraib [HRW]

    Abuses Chronology

    Detainees Investigations [US DOD]

    Church Report [DOD summary]

    Schlesinger Report

    Fay Report

    Taguba Report

    Abu Ghraib Prison [Wikipedia]