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'Who cares about Iraqi deaths?'
Washington | May 13, 2004 02:45 IST
American television channel CBS, which provided the world the first pictures of prisoner abuse in the Abu Ghraib is to air a programme in which a U.S. soldier at an Iraqi prison camp says she did not care that prisoners had died.
On the home video, to be aired today by 'CBS 60 Minutes II,' the unidentified young women soldier says, "We've already had two prisoners die-- but who cares? That's two less for me to worry about.
"We actually shot two prisoners today. One got shot in the chest for swinging a pole against our people�. One got shot in the arm. We don't know if the one we shot in the chest is dead yet," says the soldier, who served at Abu Ghraib prison in Bagdhad and Camp Bucca in southern Iraq.
"I actually got in trouble the other day because I was throwing rocks at them," she says.
"I hate it here. I want to come home. I want to be a civilian again," she complained.
Two other soldiers accused of abusing prisoners at Camp Bucca say the problems began with the chain of command, according to CBS.
They say they complained to the office of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and wrote letters to the White House and two senators but got no response.