A military contractor from Colorado Springs held captive by US forces in Iraq is speaking out.
Ex-Marine Peter Ginter was one of 19 security contractors detained by three days after being accused of firing shots at troops near Fallujah.
He says he was more afraid of the US forces than of the insurgents he was held with. During his detention, Ginter says he was kicked and his head bounced off the pavement by a guard.
The Marines say the contractors were detained because Marines witnessed them firing at or near civilian vehicles and military positions. However they say the matter is still under investigation, as well as the contractors' allegations of abuse.