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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. Army named two more soldiers who will be court-martialed in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.

The two soldiers -- Sgt. Javal Davis and Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick -- each face five counts before a general court-martial in Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt told reporters.

Both men are members of the 372nd Military Police Company, the unit at the center of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. No date has been set for their trials.

Another member of the unit, Spc. Jeremy Sivits, faces a court-martial May 19.

The three are among seven soldiers facing criminal charges in the Abu Ghraib scandal, including Pfc. Lynndie England -- the woman who appears in photos standing over a naked Iraqi man on a leash, pointing at the genitals of prisoners and posing with prisoners stacked in a pile.

The court-martial announcement came as members of the U.S. Senate examined hundreds of images depicting U.S. military personnel abusing Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. The Pentagon plans to show the House of Representatives a slide show of the images. (Full story)

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he would recommend against releasing more pictures to the public.

Frist said many of the pictures were unrelated to the allegations included in an Army report on the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib -- but they were "very, very appalling to all of the senators who saw them."

"I would say, from at least my perspective, that what we saw is appalling. It is consistent with the photos you have seen in the press to date," Frist said.

"They go beyond that, in many ways, in terms of the activities depicted -- some totally unrelated to the Abu Ghraib prison or to the prisoners there."

Six other soldiers, all officers or noncommissioned officers, have been reprimanded in connection with the abuse allegations.

"We have numerous people in the supervisory chain who are going to potentially lose their careers because they failed to check, double-check and do what supervisors are expected to do," Kimmitt said.

Guy Womack, who represents Spc. Charles Graner, one of the men charged, said one photograph in particular proves that military intelligence officials were personally involved in the abuse, as other soldiers implicated in the scandal have said.

The picture he refers to is taken from above, with the photographer looking down on a pile of at least three or four naked Iraqi prisoners shackled together in contorted positions.

Womack said partial views of four military intelligence agents can also be seen in the photograph.

England told KCNC-TV in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday that she was following orders to create psychological pressure on Iraqi prisoners and that her superiors gave her specific instructions on how to pose for the photos.

"I was instructed by persons in higher rank to 'stand there, hold this leash, look at the camera,' and they took pictures for PsyOps [psychological operations]," she told the station. Asked who gave the orders, she said, "Persons in my chain of command." (Full story)

In photographs that have been shown worldwide over the past two weeks, England, 21, is seen smiling, cigarette in her mouth, as she leans forward and points at a naked, hooded Iraqi prisoner.

Another photo taken at Abu Ghraib shows her holding a leash that encircles the neck of a naked Iraqi man lying on his side.

Frederick, who was photographed sitting on an Iraqi prisoner, is charged with assault, maltreating prisoners, conspiracy to maltreat prisoners, dereliction of duty, and wrongfully committing an indecent act by watching detainees committing a sexual act.

Davis is charged with assault, maltreating prisoners, conspiracy to maltreat prisoners, dereliction of duty for failing to protect prisoners, and making false statements.

In London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has come under fire in Parliament over a report from the International Red Cross about abuses against detainees in Iraq.

He denied being slow to act on the report by the International Committee for the Red Cross. But he admitted that the past few days had been "immensely damaging." (Full story)


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