Military investigators hope the newspaper will reveal their identities this week.
Senior executives at Trinity Mirror, which owns the newspaper, are poised to release the soldiers’ names to the Royal Military Police (RMP), according to newspaper reports.
A Trinity Mirror senior executive told the Sunday Telegraph: “When we say we will fully co-operate with the MoD, we mean exactly that. While we are committed as journalists to protecting our sources, that does not extend to people who have acted fraudulently in pursuit of money.”
The paper, which sacked editor Piers Morgan over the debacle, yesterday printed a front page apology for the Iraq photos hoax, later pledging to donate to charity all the money it made from selling on the faked photos.
Its front page declared: “Sorry.. We Were Hoaxed.”
The article said: “It is now clear that the photographs the Mirror published of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were faked.” The Voice of the Daily Mirror editorial stressed the pictures were printed “in good faith”.
The paper’s apology was greeted with “quiet satisfaction” by the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, at the centre of the allegations.