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Pentagon says 130 charged or punished for prisoner abuse

[JURIST] A Pentagon spokeperson said Wednesday that 130 US troops from various branches of the service have been charged or punished by the military in connection with the abuse of prisoners at facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. More than 100 are from the Army, responsible for detentions in the two combat theaters - of that group, 26 soldiers have been referred to courts-martial, 46 received nonjudicial or administrative punishment, 13 received letters of reprimand, and 17 others were dismissed from the military. The Pentagon numbers came in the wake of revelations by rights groups earlier this week of additional abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan. AP has more.

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