7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News


BAGHDAD: America was last night accused of leaking horrific photos of allegedly "starving and abused" Iraqi orphans as a propaganda trick. Iraq's Labour and Social Affairs Minister Mahmoud Mohammed Al Radhi criticised publicity surrounding the boys and said news reports about the case were inaccurate.

"We totally reject the tricks they used to manipulate and distort facts and show the Americans as the humanitarian party. That could not be further from the truth," he said.

The minister said the institution in which the boys were housed had saved them from certain death on the streets of Baghdad. All the boys, he said, were severely handicapped and abandoned by their families.

US soldiers said they found 24 severely malnourished children in a Baghdad orphanage - some tied to their beds and too weak to stand.

The US military, which leaked the story and pictures of the orphanage to CBS News, said they were all boys between the ages of three and 15. It said many of the youngsters were found naked in a dark room with no windows.

Supplies of food and clothing were found in a nearby storeroom.

Three women caretakers, the orphanage director and a guard were in the building during the June 10 raid.

Arrest warrants were issued but they have gone into hiding.

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