Tracks by rock band Metallica are being aired by American interrogators in war-torn Baghdad - in a bid to break Iraqi captives.

Officials say subjecting prisoners to long sessions of "culturally offensive" heavy metal music encourages them to talk.

The interrogators' favourite tracks include Metallica's ENTER SANDMAN and the DROWNING POOL song BODIES, from the Vin Diesel action film XXX.

The Metallica tune repeatedly makes the warning, "Sleep with one eye open, gripping your pillow tight."

Sergeant MARK HADSELL says, "These people haven't heard heavy metal before. They can't take it."

American officials also use children's music, such as the Sesame Street theme, and a selection of songs from BARNEY, the jolly purple dinosaur.

20/05/2003 01:44