Former Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi in an interview in The Guardian titled "Abuse worse than under Saddam" states that conditions in Iraq are deteriorating.
Allawi's bleak assessment is likely to undermine any attempt to suggest that conditions in Iraq are markedly improving.
'We are hearing about secret police, secret bunkers where people are being interrogated,' he added. 'A lot of Iraqis are being tortured or killed in the course of interrogations. We are even witnessing Sharia courts based on Islamic law that are trying people and executing them.
His comments come as a blow to those hoping that Iraq was moving towards normalization under the new government. In a speech on Wednesday, Bush is expected to hail the improved readiness of Iraqi troops, which he has identified as the key condition for withdrawing US forces.
'The assertions by Mr Allawi simply underline the catastrophic failure to have a proper strategy in place for the post-war period in Iraq.'
This is big news and photos like the one above will undercut the republican's attempt to slime him.
They better rewrite the Wednesday speech. Unless "improved readiness" means that the Iraqi troops are sufficiently trained in the art of torture.
The hits keep on coming.
photo from White House archive