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Charges of unlawful killing during the Iraq war were dropped against 57 British soldiers after British prime minister David Cameron asked ministers to stop ‘spurious’ claims against former soldiers.

The military’s service prosecuting authority halted one other case.

The authorities are now targeting the law firm Leigh Day, which has brought a series of successful claims for compensation against the MoD on behalf of Iraqis who were killed, tortured and/or abused by the British military.

The media are wrongly reporting that Leigh Day ‘failed to disclose’ and ‘shredded’ a key document’ that could have put a stop to the £31m Al-Sweady inquiry into the torture and murder of Iraqi detainees by British soldiers.