|Published:||Oct 23, 2010 8:22 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 23, 2010 5:22 PM EDT|
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nearly 400,000 secret war logs disclosed by the WikiLeaks website paint a picture of an Iraq plagued by persistent sectarian tension and meddling neighbors.
The threats described in the leaked documents come from outside, including Iran, as well as inside, in the form of sectarian, political and family rivalries that predate the war.
They suggest that far more Iraqis died than previously acknowledged during the years of sectarian violence that followed the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
They also indicate U.S. forces often failed to follow up on credible evidence that Iraqi forces mistreated, tortured and killed their captives as they battled a violent insurgency.
Iraq's prime minister is accusing WikiLeaks of trying to sabotage his re-election hopes by highlighting old abuses by security forces.
The U.S. war logs were made public in defiance of the Pentagon, which argued that releasing them would endanger the lives of U.S. troops and their military partners.
Wikileaks says it will soon publish 15,000 more secret documents about the war in Afghanistan that it held back previously because of their sensitive content.