DUBAI - AL-JAZEERA on Friday released what it called 'startling new information' from US documents obtained by WikiLeaks, alleging state-sanctioned Iraqi torture and the killing of hundreds of civilians at US military checkpoints.

It said that the major findings included a US military cover-up of Iraqi state-sanctioned torture and 'hundreds' of civilians deaths at manned American checkpoints after the US-led invasion of 2003 that ousted Saddam Hussein.

The Qatar-based satellite broadcaster also said the leaked papers, dating from Jan 1, 2004 to Dec 31, 2009, show the United States kept a death count throughout the war, despite US denials. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned 'in the most clear terms' the leaks of any documents putting Americans at risk.

Speaking to reporters in Washington, she declined to discuss the specifics of the WikiLeaks disclosures. 'But I do have a strong opinion that we should condemn in the most clear terms the disclosure of any information by individuals and or organisations which puts the lives of United States and its partners' service members and civilians at risk,' she said.

Al-Jazeera's English channel told AFP in a statement that from 2100 GMT (5am Singapore time) on Friday it would broadcast a series of programmes 'that reveal startling new information about the operations of US forces during the Iraq War'. It said the programmes are based on files from WikiLeaks 'who gained access to over 400,000 documents regarding the War in Iraq making it the largest document leak in US history.

'The secret materials are more than four times larger then Wikileak's Afghanistan files,' the broadcaster said in a statement issued in English. WikiLeaks infuriated the Pentagon in July by publishing 77,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan.

Leaks detail torture, killings