UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The use of deadly force by U.S. troops and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan will come under the scrutiny of a U.N. expert on illegal executions.
Human rights expert Philip Alston will visit Iraq in the spring to looking into how well the United States holds its people accountable when Iraqis and Afghans die in their custody.
The Washington Times said Tuesday that Alston’s visit will also likely focus on death squads and honor killings that have plagued the region since the U.S.-led invasion. Alston admitted it would be impossible to investigate allegations of ethnic cleansing among Sunni and Shiite radicals due to the unstable security situation.
A U.S. official told the Times that the Bush administration welcomed Alston’s visit and was working out the details.