London pledges investigation for any Iraq abuse allegations

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British Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said Monday there was no place for the mistreatment of detainees and any allegations would be investigated following the WikiLeaks revelations.

The whistle-blowing website on Friday released 400,000 classified US army documents on the war in Iraq, which offered a grim snapshot of the conflict, especially of the abuse of Iraqi civilians by Iraqi security forces.

"Clearly our position is that there is no place for mistreatment of detainees and we do as a matter or course investigate allegations," Cameron's spokesman told reporters.

On Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called the allegations "shocking" and "extraordinarily serious".

"Anything that suggests that basic rules of war and conflict and of engagement have been broken or that torture has in any way been condoned are extremely serious and need to be looked at," he told BBC television.

"People will want to hear what the answer is to what are very, very serious allegations of a nature which I think everybody will find quite shocking."

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