U.S. military has ordered the use of unmuzzled dogs to intimidate detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing sworn statements from handlers provided to military investigators.
Sgt. Michael Smith and Sgt. Santos Cardona, dog handlers at the prison, said military intelligence personnel asked them to bring their dogs to prison interrogation sites numerous times to help question detainees in December and January, The Washington Post reported.
Smith and Cardona reportedly followed the requests because they believed the tactics had been approved by Col. Thomas Pappas, the military intelligence officer in charge of the prison.
Seven U.S. soldiers have been charged over the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison which has become an ugly symbol of the US presence in Iraq.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea