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12:00 AM, August 03, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 03, 2008

10,000 detainees freed in Iraq so far this year

The US military said Saturday it has released more than 10,000 detainees in Iraq so far this year more than in all of 2007 as it continues to try phase out its running of Iraqi prisons.
The military said about 21,000 people remained in custody, and it is currently releasing about 45 detainees and detaining 30 a day.
The United States wants to transfer the detainees to Iraqi control. Reaching that goal has been slowed partly by the lack of adequate Iraqi prison space and trained guards. More than 8,900 people were released from detention last year.
The US military separated moderate detainees from extremists and instituted religious, educational and vocational programs over the past year to try to rehabilitate less dangerous prisoners. It also increased releases under amnesty programs.
"Due to changes in the conduct of detainee operations and programs to prepare detainees for reintegration into society, we have not only gone over 10,000 releases, but our re-internment rate is less than 1 percent," said Gen. David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq.

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