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More Iraqi Rape Allegations


Still reeling from allegations that Iraqi police officers raped a young Sunni woman in Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday confronted a second set of sexual-assault charges leveled against its security forces: that four soldiers raped a 50-year-old Sunni woman and attempted to rape her two daughters in the northern city of Tal Afar.

In Iraq's conservative society, where rape is considered a particularly heinous crime, two such allegations in a week are likely to deepen sectarian chasms, tarnish the already tattered image of Iraqi military and police forces, and further call into question their ability to provide security in Iraq -- a fundamental condition for a U.S. troop withdrawal, some experts warn.