Torture Room Discovered in Northern Iraq

Bloodstained chamber thought to belong to Iraq Al-Qaeda
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2007 8:07 AM CST
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner, Multi-National Force -Iraq spokesman, speak to reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 during a press conference about recent efforts against al-Qaida.(AP Photo/Wathiq...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Coalition forces in Iraq have unearthed a blood-stained torture chamber north of the city of Muqdadiya, which the military suspects belonged to Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Troops stumbled upon a network of buildings comprising the torture room, three detention facilities and a headquarters. Forces also uncovered a mass grave containing 26 bodies.

Within the torture chamber troops discovered chains hanging from the ceiling and a bed rigged to an electrical shock system. The military suspects that some of the dead found near the complex were Iraqi police officers; a bullet-riddled police car was found minutes from the site.