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  1. acidrock macrumors 6502

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    Daily Mirror apologizes for "fake" abuse photos
    www.chinaview.cn 2004-05-15 03:27:20

    LONDON, May 14 (Xinhuanet) -- The British Daily Mirror newspaper on Friday apologized over the publication of "fake" photos that apparently showed British troops abusing Iraqi prisoners.

    "The Daily Mirror published in good faith photographs which it absolutely believed were genuine images of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi prisoner," the paper said in a statement.

    "However there is now sufficient evidence to suggest that these pictures are fakes and that the Daily Mirror has been the subject of a calculated and malicious hoax," the tabloid said.

    "The Daily Mirror therefore apologizes unreservedly for publishing the pictures and deeply regrets the reputational damage done to the QLR (Queens Lancashire Regiment) and the Army in Iraq," it added.

    Piers Morgan, Daily Mirror's editor who staunchly defended the photos, stepped down on Friday as the newspaper said it would be "inappropriate" for him to remain in his role as editor of the paper.

    The move of the paper followed the British government's announcement on Thursday that pictures published by the tabloid that showed a hooded man being struck with a rifle butt, urinated on and having a gun held to his head, apparently by British soldiers, were "categorically not taken in Iraq."

    The Daily Mirror published the pictures on May 1, days after images of US troops torturing and abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were revealed.

    Amid doubts raised by the government over the authenticity of the images, Morgan insisted that the pictures, which came from members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment that was deployed in southern Iraq last year, "accurately illustrated the reality about the appalling conduct of some British troops." Enditem
     
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    Now they have got that out of the way, perhaps we can have some straight answers from the politicians about what they knew, when they knew it, and what they did about it. It's pretty odd that it has taken SO long to bring anyone to book for the known cases of abuse. And it's pretty amazing that every politician on both sides of the pond is being so clumsily obtuse about answering these questions.
     
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    hey what is the thought about all this over there in England? Are they hating american's even more?
     
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    We don't hate Americans. We think that Bush is a complete *ickwad. And we think this war is a sign of moral degeneration and strategic failure. At least I do.
     
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    I don't hate Americans... I generally like them and love their country. Sure its got its problems but show me a country that hasn't. :)

    As for Piers Morgan... he's an arrogant, smarmy, smug son of bitch, and deserves a damn good slap as such. That said the Mirror is a rag... with editorial content that is below even that of the Sport :eek: :rolleyes: :p

    Either way atleast he was sacked and didn't offer to resign... escorted immediately from the building too... hahaha serves him right for being an arrogant, smarmy, smug son of bitch.
     
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    Were are they taken, then???? So far I have only heard public spokespeople stating that the pics are not form iraq. Now if they'd said that the pictures are complete fakes and the pictured situations have not taken place at all, that would be good news. As far as I understand, this just means that the poor sod in the picture isn't iraqi. That does not make the soldiers' behaviour any better, does it? :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
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    Apparently the truck in which they were taken is parked at a Territorial Army barracks outside Manchester, and has never left the country. The whole thing was a staged reconstruction at best, and a treacherous money-making scam at worst. TA units have been used in Iraq, and have access to all the equipment. Unlike US reservists, they are attached to regular army regiments, so these guys were with the QLR (Queen's Lancashire Regiment). I suspect they were rubbed up the wrong way (as it were) by the regulars and wanted to take revenge when they got back.
     

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