WikiLeaks' Iraq war papers detail civilian killings, torture

October 23, 2010 03:40 pm | Updated November 28, 2021 09:28 pm IST - New York/Washington:

In the “largest classified military leak” in United States' history, whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks released nearly 400,000 secret American documents on the Iraq war detailing graphic accounts of torture, killing of over 66,000 civilians and Iran's role in the conflict.

The latest leaked documents chronicling the Iraq war from 2004 to 2009 provide a new picture of how many Iraqi civilians were killed, open a new window on the role that Iran played in supporting Iraqi militants and give many accounts of abuse by the Iraqi army and the police, said The New York Times, one of the news organisations which got early access to the papers.

WikiLeaks, which released the papers despite Pentagon's warning that it could endanger informants and reveal war strategy, called the document drop “the largest classified military leak in history.”

In a news release, the group said the documents detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, encompassing 66,081 civilians, 23,984 insurgents, 15,196 Iraqi government forces and 3,771 coalition forces.

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