Feature: Iraqi Ex-Detainee Recounts Torture By U.S. Troops | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Feature: Iraqi Ex-Detainee Recounts Torture By U.S. Troops

“The Americans have nothing to do with human rights. It is a concept they use to seek interests,” said Bedu al-Hamad, a former Iraqi detainee, who was jailed by the U.S. army for more than two years.

Al-Hamad, 59, who was head of the reconstruction committee of the Municipal Council of the town of Duluiyah, Salahuddin province, spent 26 months and 20 days in U.S. detention, despite not having committed any crimes.

The Sunni-dominated town of Duluiyah is a symbol of resistance to U.S. occupation, where U.S. troops were confronted with countless attacks and ambushed by armed groups in the town by the Tigris, in 2008, when the attacks reached their peak.

On Aug 21, 2008, U.S. troops accused al-Hamad of supporting terrorism and arrested him, weeks after al-Hamad attended a meeting at the Municipal Council in Duluiyah.

“Before the end of the meeting, the Americans came and told us: What right do you have to meet and decide to change the mayor without our knowledge? We’ve brought you to power and liberated you,” al-Hamad said, who had a heated argument with a soldier.

Then the solider threatened al-Hamad with a gun and said, “I would shoot you in the head.”

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