20 January 2013 - A public inquiry into allegations that British soldiers murdered and tortured civilians during the Iraq War, finally scheduled to start this year, is on an "unprecedented" scale, its secretary has said.
The Al-Sweady Inquiry is examining claims that UK soldiers murdered 20 or more Iraqis and tortured others after the "Battle of Danny Boy" in Maysan Province, southern Iraq, in May 2004.
The Ministry of Defence vigorously denies the allegations and says those who died were killed on the battlefield.
The inquiry was hoped to start last year, but was delayed due to the logistical difficulties of assembling the huge amount of evidence. read more>>>