Iraq is a stomping ground for armed struggle, human rights violations and general discontent. Despite the US occupying forces attempts to keep these elements at bay, it has become clear that Iraq's human rights record has not improved. As the Iraqi militias continue to grow in strength, more and more prisoners and the accused are flooding an already inadequate Iraqi judicial system. A recent victim of this quandary is Ahmed Abd Saleh Al-Mashhadani, a retired military officer, who was arrested on 29 September 2006 in Baghdad by an Iraqi militia. Mr Al-Mashhadani later suffered torture at the hands of various Iraqi forces, and is currently detained in Baghdad's Rusafa prison.