The Army's Inspector General reports 94 cases of prisoner abuse: The number is significantly higher than all other previous estimates given by the Pentagon, which had refused until now to give a total number of abuse allegations. The inspector general investigation, ordered Feb. 10 after the allegations of abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq came to the attention of top Army officials in Washington, concluded that there were no systemic problems that contributed to the abuse. In some cases, the report found, the abuse was abetted or facilitated by officers not following proper procedures. Most of the alleged abuses -- 45 of the 94 -- happened at the point where the detainee was captured, said Lt. Gen. Paul Mikolashek, the Army's inspector general. Of those 45 cases, 20 involved allegations of physical abuse and the rest were allegations of theft or other crimes, he said. Twenty-one cases of alleged abuse happened at detention centers such as Abu Ghraib, Mikolashek said. Another 19 happened at collection points where prisoners are gathered between their capture and their transfer to long-term prisons. Only eight cases happened during or surrounding interrogations, Mikolashek said. In contrast to its own findings that there were no systemic problems, however, the Army report also cites a February report from the International Committee for the Red Cross that alleged that ``methods of ill treatment'' were ``used in a systematic way'' by the U.S. military in Iraq.


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