A Spanish helicopter pilot in the iraqi city of Diwaniya.
war atrocities

The story of Private Charlie

On March 17 EL PAÍS released a video in which Spanish soldiers were seen kicking two detainees at the Diwaniya base For the first time in Spain, a military court has opened an investigation into prisoner abuse The testimony of Private Charlie (an assumed name used by a serviceman stationed in Iraq between August and December 2003), now offered by EL PAÍS, does not clear up who was behind that barbaric act, but it does describe the environment that made it possible: a combination of tension, inadequate training, phony camaraderie and a feeling of impunity


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