Iraq Broadcasts Confessions By Al Qaeda Insurgents

Two men arrested in Iraq over suicide bomb attacks on embassies and a foreign television office were shown on state TV Sunday confessing that they worked for al Qaeda. The confessions, broadcast widely on several local channels, were aired at a time when Iraqi forces are under pressure to demonstrate their ability to fight insurgents as U.S. troops prepare for a complete withdrawal from Iraq by end-2011. In a report last year, rights group Amnesty International criticized Iraq for using taped televised confessions, saying they undermined people’s right to a fair trial.

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