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Hooded Iraqi men are arrested by US troops in Bahgad (2004)The US military said the disclosure could endanger US troops and Iraqis

A new batch of secret US military records being released by Wikileaks shows commanders did not investigate torture by the Iraqi authorities.

The documents also suggest “hundreds” of civilians were killed at US military checkpoints after the invasion in 2003.

And the files appear to show the US kept records of civilian deaths, despite previously denying it.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticised the largest leak of classified documents in US history.

Speaking to reporters in Washington earlier, Mrs Clinton said she condemned “in the most clear terms the disclosure of any information by individuals and or organisations which puts the lives of United States and its partners’ service members and civilians at risk”.

Wikileaks infuriated the US authorities in July by publishing more than 70,000 secret papers about the war in Afghanistan.

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