Abu Ghraib, 2004: Doctrinal Confusion of American Military Police

Shelby House


The Abu Ghraib prison scandal in 2004 was one of the worst and most widely talked-about cases of prisoner abuse by American forces during any war. This scandal had lasting implications for the War in Iraq and America's War on Terror as a whole. This essay examines what failures in military doctrine led to such egregious abuses and how those failures have or have not been remedied.


Abu Ghraib; prisoner abuse; military; human rights; Iraq War

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v10i0.3978

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