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Al-Sweady inquiry opens in UK into deaths of Iraqis

A public inquiry will open later in London into allegations that up to 20 Iraqis were murdered after a gun battle with British troops in 2004.

The inquiry, named after one of the dead men, Hamid al-Sweady, will also examine claims that detainees captured at the same time were mistreated.

A retired judge will hear some of the most serious accusations against UK troops to arise from the Iraq war.

Caroline Hawley reports.

  • 04 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK