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operational plans envisioned that CJTF-7 would execute SASO

and provide support to the CPA in a relatively nonhostile

environment. In fact, opposition was robust and hostilities

continued throughout the period under investigation.

Therefore, CJTF-7 had to conduct tactical counter-

insurgency operations, while also executing its planned

missions.

That

is

the

operational

context

in

which

the

abuses at Abu Ghraib took place.

Abuses

We found that abuses—on the part of military

intelligence and military police personnel-- clearly

occurred at the prison at Abu Ghraib. For purposes of this

report, abuse is defined as treatment of detainees that

violated U.S. criminal law or international law or

treatment that was inhumane or coercive without lawful

justification. Whether the Soldier or contractor knew, at

the time of the acts, that the conduct violated any law or

standard, is not an element of the definition.

There is no single, simple explanation for why this

abuse

at

Abu

Ghraib

happened.

The

primary

causes

are

misconduct (ranging from inhumane to sadistic) by a

relatively small group of soldiers and civilians, a lack of

discipline on the part of the leaders and Soldiers of the

205th MI BDE and a failure or lack of leadership by multiple

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