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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 08:57 AM
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U.S. holding 22,000 Iraqi prisoners
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Source: Azzaman

U.S. invasion troops detain more than 22,000 Iraqis in their prisoner camps across the country, senior government officials say.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said many of those languishing in U.S. jails are innocent and have been incarcerated for long periods without trial or charges.

Most of the prisoners come from central Iraq where an anti-U.S. rebellion is raging. The region is predominantly Sunni.

Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi is leading the campaign to free the prisoners and see to it that U.S. prisoner camps meet international standards and that the jailers respect prisoner rights.


The U.S. has agreed to release 50 Iraqi prisoners a day during the holy month of Ramadan. But the number falls short of Hashemis expectations who wanted to see most of the prisoners released.

Hashemi is determined to have all the innocent Iraqis in U.S. jails freed as quickly as possible, one official said.

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