Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Abu Ghraib remains scar on US war efforts

He is now a schoolteacher, but Abu Mustafa admits he still sometimes has flashbacks to his 10 months in American custody at Iraq's most infamous prison -- Abu Ghraib.

"I cannot forget, and I cannot describe, the hell that I lived," said the 33-year-old father-of-two, who remains profoundly traumatised by his time there and, according to his family, has become mentally unstable.

"At times, I get crazy -- I shout for no reason, or I remain prostrate for hours. My family asks me why I act this way, but what can I say?"

Abu Mustafa, who was a member of anti-US Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's feared Mahdi Army militia, was arrested in September 2004 and spent four years in American detention facilities, including 10 months in Abu Ghraib. Read More