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The truth about Guantánamo | Moazzam Begg | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

The truth about Guantánamo | Moazzam Begg | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: "I have always believed that the secret detention sites – where prisoners were waterboarded – and military prisons, such as Bagram, were far worse than Guantánamo. Now I'm not so sure. They once called it 'asymmetrical warfare' and a 'good PR move' but the US administration may soon have to call the alleged suicides of prisoners in Guantánamo something they were trying to hide all along: murder.

The latest revelations in the US magazine Harper's suggests a major cover-up occurred after the 2006 deaths of three Guantánamo prisoners: Manei al-Otaibi and Yasser al-Zahrani from Saudi Arabia and Ali al-Salami from Yemen. Four Camp Delta Military Intelligence guards, including a decorated sergeant, have furnished an account dramatically at odds with the official US version of what happened on the night of the deaths. I remember at the time how none of the former prisoners believed the o…

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - 'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - 'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq: "Ali Hassan al-Majid, the cousin of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, has been executed in Iraq for crimes against humanity, a government spokesman said.

Al-Majid, nicknamed 'Chemical Ali', received his fourth death sentence last week, for ordering the gassing of Kurds in the Iraqi village of Halabja.

'The condemned Ali Hassan al-Majid has been executed by hanging until death today,' spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said on Monday."