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September 24, 2010
Posted: 1457 GMT

Our team in Baghdad sent us these photos of the latest graduating class of Iraqi police cadets - over 500 of them, all set to become members of the  Iraqi Federal police.

The press corps along with American and Iraqi dignitaries were treated to a display of hostage rescue exercises, martial arts demonstrations, and crowd control techniques.

Iraqi federal police in riot gear

Our correspondent in Baghdad, Ben Wedeman, reports that while the multinational forces have put much  effort and resources into building up Iraqi's security apparatus, there is still real  concern about Iraqi force's human rights record.

A recent Amnesty International report estimated that more than thirty-thousand Iraqis are being held without trial and that torture is widespread.

Iraqi federal police showing off their martial arts skills

The Italian trainers of these Iraqi police say human rights awareness was a major component of the cadet's education and they think the formal training will make a difference.

"They taught us not to beat citizens" said newly minted officer Ali Abid.

A lesson that everyone hopes will not soon be forgotten.

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Univeristy Rector   September 24th, 2010 11:15 pm ET

I agree with the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 911 was without doubt an inside job!

Gerry   September 26th, 2010 6:00 pm ET

"They taught us not to beat citizens". What a wonderful but fundamental lesson. I wonder how long this lesson will last once they return to Iraq.

Harry B.   September 28th, 2010 4:37 pm ET

I agree with Mr. Ahmadinejad too that the 911 event was an inside job to justify the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and also get Bush re-elected ans a war president.

marko   September 28th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

"They taught us not to beat citizens". Maybe they can come here and teach the US cops the same thing.

John Coctosen   October 4th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Harry, Rector, its really all ball bearings these days. Remember that,..... BALL BEARINGS


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