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Soldiers find al-Qaida torture house

March 7, 2008 at 5:37 PM

BAGHDAD, March 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army unit discovered what appears to be an abandoned al-Qaida torture house six miles from Baghdad in Iraq.

Lt. Col. Mark Solomon told The Boston Herald that the house was equipped with handcuffs attached to the floor and to a window and hooks on the walls. He said his squadron also found material used to train terrorists.

"It has certainly given us a window into the world of the enemy in a very real way," he said in an interview via satellite telephone.

The house had been abandoned, Solomon said. He described it as being one of three houses in a compound tucked away in a remote area.

"It makes you feel good to have found it and denied the enemy the ability to use it anymore," Solomon said.

His troops began searching for the compound after hearing stories from local residents of a house that had been used for torture.

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