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For the first time, a group of Iraqi security forces has been given U.S. training on “humane treatment of detainees,” American military officials said Monday.

The “Iraqi Rule of Law” class was the result of an order signed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in September that required all Iraqi army units to receive training on detainee processing and handling.

The first class was taught by a Provincial Reconstruction Team embedded with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and civil affairs troops from the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment at Combat Outpost Apache in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district.

Instruction focused on informing “Iraqi troops of the moral implications of humane treatment for prisoners” and “accountability for any detainee abuse,” a news release read.

The Iraqi military does not have an equivalent of the U.S. military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice, officials said, though there is a program in place that can garnish troops’ wages as part of disciplinary action.

The Iraqi troops will continue to receive training from a retired Iraqi military officer and an Iraqi lawyer, according to the release.


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